Two killed in separate crashes, 30 minutes apart, at Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley

Two men were killed on Friday night in separate off-roading crashes a little more than 30 minutes apart at Means Dry Lake in Johnson Valley.

According to Z107.7, the first crash happened about 11 pm when the driver of a 1979 Jeep Wrangler made an unsafe turn and rolled the vehicle. A 32-year-old male passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the Jeep and died at the scene.

About 35 minutes later, the driver of a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee made an unsafe turn, which resulted in the vehicle rolling several times. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the car and died at the scene. A passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt, sustained minor injuries.

The annual Desert Run of the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team was being held this weekend in the area. It’s not known if the victims were there for event.


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