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Daughter's death in the desert

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I love dirt bikes and all aspects of the sport. I taught my whole family to ride and I clearly understand the benefits and risks associated with this type of activity. I can unconditionally state this because I recently lost my 18-year-old daughter in a desert accident. She was my treasure and I will miss her dearly forever. You need to understand I am not one to pass responsibility on to others. Off-road play is inherently dangerous and we must acknowledge this as part of our sport.

My daughter, an avid dirt bike girl, was driving one of the new off road jeep type vehicles. There are several of these types of vehicles on the market; Polaris Ranger, a Yamaha Rhino, Kawasaki Mule to name a few. My daughter was driving a Rhino in her accident. I do not hold Yamaha responsible but my conscience forces me to get this message out far and wide. With their size and roll bars, these vehicles give an impression of being very safe – certainly safer then a dirt bike or quad. Her accident was on a very flat, clean part of the desert. She was fully strapped in using an improved aftermarket 4-point (verses factory 3 point) restraint seatbelt. The vehicle rolled when she turned it and she was caught between the roll bar and ground.

I’m not opening this for a running debate; I just want everyone to understand that these vehicles are just as dangerous as our other off road toys. I have seen many people riding these with little or no protective gear, children in their laps, people standing in the back etc. Do not be fooled by the “perceived safety”. I encourage you to enjoy this new family of vehicles, but please treat it like a dirt bike or quad where the danger is much more self-evident. Make sure your family and friends wear protective gear! Ride with your children! Learn the vehicles capabilities. Respect these vehicles and play smart.

I beg you to learn from my loss. For each person we can make safer in the future it helps me take a small step forward trying to heal. Thank you for reading this and out of respect please pass it on to any it may benefit.

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SXB,

I'm truly very sorry for your loss. A tragedy such as yours would devastate me.

SO'B

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Im very sorry to hear of your loss -- I can't imagine what it would be like to lose my daughter. Thanks for the warning about those types of vehicles as well.

It sounds like your daughter was lucky to have you as a dad. I'm sure she loved riding off road, and felt special for having such a supportive and intelligent father who had the whole family outside together. Best wishes.

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Sorry for your loss.

Safety, is all too often dismissed ....I'm only going over to the bathroom, I'm going to go slow.

thank you for the harsh and very sad reminder:ride:

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I am very sorry to hear about your loss. I have to agree with you that people get a false sense of security when riding in or driving the new UTV's. Me personally, I have rode in a ranger 1 time and did not like it. For me its the other way around, I dont feel safe at all riding in them.

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It's sad to hear of a fellow off-roader succumbing to such a tragedy. My heart goes out to you and your family. It is, however, rare to see such character in a person to not automatically push the blame onto others (like Yamaha, or the land owners etc…).

You should be a model for all.

Cheers,

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I am extremely sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

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My heart and prayers go out to you. You are a strong person to write as you do.

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your daughter will be in my thoughts and prayers..... It's very unfortunate and i am blown away by your strength to come on here and talk to us about making sure we take the proper precautions when riding on any ohv. I'm very sorry to hear about this...

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Stone nor mountain can stop the river from reaching the sea. Like that river love will carry you through all obstacles.

I'm am moved by your message and sorry for your loss. You are in my family's thoughts.

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