Man killed in Washington City ATV crash identified

WASHINGTON CITY — The victim of a fatal all-terrain vehicle accident in Washington City Saturday has been identified.

Edgar David Sandoval, 23, died as a result of an ATV crash in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Washington, Utah, April 2, 2016 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News
Edgar David Sandoval, 23, died as a result of an ATV crash in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Washington, Utah, April 2, 2016 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

Edgar David Sandoval, 23, had been riding alongside another ATV rider Saturday afternoon in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve just north of Green Springs.

For reasons investigators have yet to determine, Sandoval drove off a steep, rocky embankment, Washington City Police Public Information Officer Ed Kantor said. Whether or not Sandoval saw the embankment is unclear, he said.

Sandoval, who was not wearing a helmet, fell approximately 20 feet before landing near a wash north of Fairway Drive.

The second ATV rider was able to notify authorities of the crash and Life Flight was launched and dispatched to the area. Medical personnel arrived and administered medical aid, Kantor said, but Sandoval was pronounced dead at the scene.

Emergency responders escort friends and family of 23-year-old Edgar David Dandoval away from the scene of a fatal ATV crash in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Washington, Utah, April 2, 2016 | Photo by Michael Durrant, St. George News
Emergency responders escort friends and family of 23-year-old Edgar David Sandoval away from the scene of a fatal ATV crash in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Washington, Utah, April 2, 2016 | Photo by Michael Durrant, St. George News

Friends and family at the scene Saturday were visibly shaken by the tragedy. A woman who appeared to be Sandoval’s mother collapsed to the ground multiple times, crying out “my baby boy” in Spanish as emergency personnel tried to escort her away from her son’s body.

Funeral services were held in St. George Tuesday afternoon in Sandoval’s honor.

Sandoval will be buried Wednesday morning at Tonaquint Cemetery in St. George.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Ed. note: Typographical spelling error in Sandoval’s name in some of the photo captions has been corrected.

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4 Comments

  • Accountable April 5, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Where’s your basic human compassion Ms. Scott? You make sure to stalk this poor young man’s mother (obviously disregarding the concerns of the first responders) — to take advantage of her suffering — and then to misspell her son’s name? Parasite.

    • Accountable April 7, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Thank you for correcting his name. I apologize for angrily expressing my opinion regarding the actions of the reporter.

      • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic April 8, 2016 at 4:46 am

        No problem, Accountable. We are accountable, too, of course and appreciate your directing us to the typo in the photo captions.
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        Joyce Kuzmanic
        Editor in Chief

  • Ronnie Keith April 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I thought motorized vehicles were not allowed in the refuge…

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