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UPDATE: Motorcycle crash victim described as ‘outdoorsy,’ ‘respectful’

Posted: February 10, 2014 2:24 p.m.
Updated: February 10, 2014 6:15 p.m.

A 16-year-old Ojai boy who died in a motorcycle crash at a Canyon Country off-road vehicle park Sunday was being remembered Monday as a caring and fun-loving young man who pursued a number outdoor activities.

Hunter J. Baugher, a student at Nordoff High School in Ojai, was into football, wrestling, hunting and — most recently — dirt-bike riding, said his former football coach.

“He was a fabulous boy, super-loving and the type of kid who always has had a smile,” said Jeremy Stevens, coach of the Ojai Eagles Youth Football team.

Baugher was an Eagles defensive player a couple of years ago, but even after he left the team he would still “come by to help out,” said Eagles Athletic Director Justin Morris.

“It’s devastating,” he said of Baugher’s death.

“I’ve known Hunter since he was a baby,” Morris said. “He was so respectful. My boys looked up to him. Hunter was very outdoorsy. He loved hunting and mountain biking.”

Morris said Baugher’s parents “are pulling through” the tragedy.

The boy’s body was still at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital late Monday afternoon, said Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, which is expected to examine the body and determine an official cause and manner of death.

According to California Highway Patrol officers investigating the fatal crash, Baugher was using all the required safety equipment when he was killed.

He was riding his motorcycle in the Rowher Flats Off-Highway Vehicle area, about five miles north of Sand Canyon Road on Sierra Highway, when the fatal crash occurred about 11 a.m. Sunday, CHP officials reported Sunday.

“The boy made an unsafe turning movement to the right and traveled off the designated trail. Due to the rough terrain, he was unable to maintain control of the motorcycle and was ejected off of his vehicle,” the officer wrote.

Baugher and his motorcycle were found at the bottom of a ravine, and he was airlifted to Henry Mayo, where he died, the CHP officer said.

The fatality marks the second local off-roading death within a week.

On Feb. 2, 21-year-old motorcycle racer Tommy Aquino of Saugus died in a crash at the Piru Motocross Park on Center Street in Piru.
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