Fatal OHV accident in Owens Valley

A 27-year-old Independence man was killed in an accident Tuesday night on Black Rock Springs Road.

According to a California Highway Patrol report, the man was riding a 2006 Honda CRF 450 and collided with a 1989 Yamaha Banshee being driven by a 26-year-old Independence woman identified as A. McClelland with a 25-year-old Bishop woman passenger identified as C. Robertson.

Both women sustained major injuries and were transported to Northern Inyo Hospital. The CHP reports McClelland was arrested.

The CHP news release states:

On April 25, 2017, at approximately 22;34 hours, CHP Bishop Communications Center was notified of a vehicle collision on Black Rock Springs Road east of US-395.

Officers from the CHP and Inyo County Sheriffs Department responded to the scene and upon arrival discovered that it was in fact a head-on collision involving two off-highway vehicles (OHV).

One driver was unresponsive and lying on the dirt shoulder of the roadway. Despite attempts by responders to resuscitate the driver, he ultimately succumbed to his injuries as a result of the collision.

The other two parties were transported to Northern Inyo Hospital with major injuries.

A preliminary investigation of the evidence at the scene by CHP officers indicated that none of the three involved parties were wearing helmets or utilizing other safety equipment during the collision.

The cause of this collision is currently under investigation by the Bishop Area CHP.

The identification of the driver is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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4 Responses to Fatal OHV accident in Owens Valley

  1. Buzz Killington April 26, 2017 at 8:23 pm #

    It was an accident! It happens

  2. Indy April 26, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    Roger… This area by the Blackrock Hatchery has nothing to do with the Adventure Trails. This incident occurred around 10pm, and none of the people were using any safety equipment. One of the individuals was arrested due to intoxication.

    Please dont misinterpret logical responsible people using our resources, for a few people making bad choices.

  3. Roger April 26, 2017 at 2:44 pm #

    Do you think the county of Inyo, the state of California, or the CHP bears any responsibility in this accident?
    Since they approved the area for this kind of activity they might be named in litigation resulting from this tragedy.
    The fact that there is approval for unlicensed vehicles to operate on some public roads (Round Valley rd and crossing 395 at Pleasant Valley) in opposition to state law seems to invite undefendable lawsuits in case of this type of event.
    To avoid seven figure jury awards, perhaps we should revisit the “Adventure trails”concept.

    • Tinner April 26, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

      “CHP officers indicated that none of the three involved parties were wearing helmets or utilizing other safety equipment during the collision.”

      No, Roger, only a lawyer who saw opportunity for financial gain would answer with a yes.


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