ATV rider who died in ‘incident’ at Sand Mountain Recreation Area identified

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SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK, Utah, May 31, 2021 — A California ATV rider who died in an incident at the BLM Sand Mountain Recreation Area outside Sand Hollow State Park in Washington County has been identified.

According to a statement by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, rangers located the body of 36-year-old Erik Alvarez of Artesia, California about 7:30 p.m. Saturday after receiving a call of a possible cardiac arrest.

Alvarez had been ATV riding alone while visiting the area with friends, the statement said. He was found by a member of the group, who called for help.

The nature of his injuries, or how he sustained them, was not disclosed.

“First responders from Utah State Parks, Hurricane City EMS, and Washington County Search and Rescue assisted in the search and attempted to revive Alvarez,” the UDPR statement said. “Life Flight was also dispatched and landed in the area to assist. Unfortunately, these efforts were unsuccessful and Alvarez was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Alvarez is believed to have been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

“The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation extends our condolences to Alvarez’s friends and family.”

The incident remains under investigation.


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