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Santa Clarita man dies in off-roading rollover

Posted: March 30, 2014 10:19 p.m.
Updated: March 30, 2014 10:19 p.m.

A 44-year-old Santa Clarita Valley man died this weekend after his SUV rolled backward down a hillside in the Rowher Flats Off-Highway Vehicle area in Canyon Country, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The deceased man has been identified as Jin Ahn Jeong.

Jeong was traveling northbound at an unknown rate of speed within the designated off-road vehicle area in the Angeles National Forest when his SUV lost traction and rolled backward off the trail, said CHP Officer Aaron Maurer,
The incident occurred about 4:15 p.m. Saturday west of Sierra Highway near Lookout Trail north of Texas Canyon, Maurer said in a news release.

“Jeong was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled backwards and sustained fatal injuries,” the CHP officer said. “The vehicle impacted the hillside with the rear end of the vehicle and rolled to the bottom of the embankment and was unrecoverable.”

Jeong was driving a 1997 Lexus LX450, a four-wheel drive vehicle.

The crash marks the second fatal collision at Rowher Flats in two months.

On Feb. 9, 16-year-old motorcyclist Hunter J. Baugher, of Ojai, died while riding the trails of Rowher Flats in the hills north of Canyon Country, a CHP officer said at the time.

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