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JOHNSON VALLEY, CA   On January 29, 2022, at approximately 2:45 PM, Christian Karnes, 27-year-old from San Jacinto, was driving a black and red 2022 Polaris Razor westbound up a steep sand dune with passenger, Maribel Gonzalez, 27-year-old from San Jacinto. Karnes turned the Polaris to begin descending the sand dune and the Polaris began to roll. Karnes and Gonzalez were not wearing the installed 5-point harnesses or properly wearing their helmets and were ejected during the rollover. Christian Karnes sustained fatal injuries. Maribel Gonzalez sustained suspected minor injuries and declined medical transport. Alcohol or drugs do not seem to be a factor in the crash at this
time. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Officer Brooks is the investigating officer.

The California Highway Patrol would like to remind motorists of the dangers during Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use. Use caution while traversing the open desert as desert foliage, dirt and rocks could cause damage to vehicles. Use seatbelts and helmets properly. Also adjust
seatbelts to rider height and wear properly fitting helmets.

 

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OFFICER CASEY SIMMONS #19593
Public Information Officer
Traffic Collision Investigation Review Officer
VIN Officer
Radar Coordinator
Court Liaison
PAS Coordinator
CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL

By Casey Simmons

OFFICER CASEY SIMMONS #19593 Public Information Officer Traffic Collision Investigation Review Officer VIN Officer Radar Coordinator Court Liaison PAS Coordinator CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL

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