One dead, multiple injured after vehicle collision at Sand Drags

Seven adults, one of which died, and one teenager were injured after being struck by an out-of-control vehicle Friday afternoon at the sand drags area of the Imperial Sand Dunes.

Pamela L. Kittrell, 57, of Mesa, Ariz., sustained fatal injuries while the other victims, all Arizona residents, sustained major to minor injuries.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:19 p.m. Friday when Andrew Solis, 23, of Lynwood, was driving his 1995 Toyota Tacoma. Solis lost control of his vehicle and traveled into a crowd of people in the area watching the races.

The Toyota struck the seven adults and the teenager. The teenager, a 15-year-old male from Queen Creek, Ariz., suffered injuries to his ribs and was flown out to Desert Regional Medical Center by REACH Air.

Cassidy Holtfreter, 26, of Gilbert, Ariz., was transported to Pioneers Memorial Hospital (PMH) with a laceration to her head.

Andrew Gerardy, 30, of Gilbert, Ariz., was also transported to PMH with complaint of pain.

Nicole Richardson, 36, of Queen Creek, Ariz., was flown out by REACH Air for complaint of pain.

Chad E. Richardson, 36, of Queen Creek, Ariz., Roger K. Kittrell, 59, and Douglass Kittrell, 29, of Meza, Ariz., complained of pain but refused medical transport.

The collision remains under investigation, a CHP news release stated.

“Pedestrians are strongly cautioned to avoid this area of the desert, and to stay as far back possible if attending,” the news release stated. “If attending these types of events, stay inside your vehicles for added protection.”

Man dies in single-motorcycle collision

A 20-year-old Compton man was killed in a motorcycle accident Friday night in the open desert of the Imperial Sand Dunes, California Highway Patrol announced.

The incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. Friday when Eric Izaguirre was riding a Yamaha 250 motorcycle.

Izaguirre reportedly drove over the edge of a cliff, and was ejected from his motorcycle. The 20-year-old fell to the ground, which caused injuries that resulted in his death.

It was reportedly Izaguirre’s first trip to the Glamis area, and he was not familiar with the terrain, a CHP news release stated.

The collision remains under investigation, the news release stated.

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