Fatalities in Eastern Sierra over the weekend

– CHP press releases

On June 07, 2015, at approximately 6:03 P.M., an unidentified male was driving a 2007 Toyota 4Runner, eastbound from Laurel Lakes on an unimproved U.S. Forest Service dirt road.


The road at this location is steep, narrow, and has multiple sharp turns.  For an unknown reason, the Toyota traveled off of the road and down a steep, rocky mountain side, where it overturned several times.

The driver was not wearing his seatbelt and as a result, he was ejected from the vehicle. The driver sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Two dogs were in the vehicle as well.  One dog survived  and was transported by Mono County Animal Control for treatment. Personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Mono County Medic 3 , Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Search and Rescue, and Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to the scene.

The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification to next of kin.  Officers from the California Highway Patrol Bridgeport Area office are handling the collision investigation.  The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the death investigation.


A 48-year-old Bakersfield woman was killed after an accident on State Route 168 Saturday.

Deann Marie Dodd was driving her 2013 Harley Davidson Switchback eastbound on SR-168 east of Death Valley Rd. at an estimated speed of 50-60 miles per hour just after 3 pm.

For an unknown reason, Dodd failed to negotiate the left curve in the roadway. Dodd made an unsafe turning movement and allowed her motorcycle to travel off of the south edge of SR-168. Dodd applied her motorcycle’s brakes and left tire friction marks on the dirt shoulder as she tried to stop.

Dodd traveled down a dirt/brush embankment into a ditch. Dodd’s motorcycle collided with the uphill side of the dirt/brush embankment, causing it to overturn. As the motorcycle began to overturn, Dodd was ejected and collided with the dirt/brush embankment.

Dodd received major injuries from the collision and was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital by the Big Pine Fire Department. She was pronounced deceased at 5:56 pm.



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2 Responses to Fatalities in Eastern Sierra over the weekend

  1. Tinner June 8, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

    Dang, man.

  2. sugar magnolia June 9, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

    sorry to hear about these accidents and loss of life.

    Regarding the road up to Laurel Lakes. I’ve been travelling up there for over 20 years now and I’ve begun to wonder if the USFS is trying to discourage the use of this road by not providing any maintenance (I am NOT saying this contributed to this accident in any way). The road gets worse each year, and the addition of small, ATV vehicles has exacerbated that decline.

    It is such a beautiful area and there are great hikes from trailheads up there. I hope USFS is not trying to close the road and limit access to this area. It would be nice if they could do some basic road maintenance, not to improve the road but to stop its decline.


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