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Eastern Sierra News for June 13, 2024





Death Valley National Park
News Release

Release Date:             June 4, 2024
Contact:                       Abby Wines, 760-786-3221, [email protected]

Park employee died in off-duty vehicle crash

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – Rigoberto “RJ” Avina died in a vehicle crash in Death Valley National Park on May 26. Avina had worked for the National Park Service for nearly 3 years but was not on duty at the time of the accident.

“RJ’s passing leaves a hole in our community’s heart,” said Superintendent Mike Reynolds. “He was a smart young man with a bright future. I will miss his smile and grieve for his family’s loss.”

Avina, 28, of Pahrump, NV, had worked in Death Valley National Park’s maintenance division since September 2021. He was survived by his wife and two young sons.

Avina died in a single-vehicle accident on CA-190. Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatalities in Death Valley National Park.

Death Valley National Park
National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior


CA Highway 190

PO Box 579

Death Valley, CA 92328


phone 760.786.3200