This incident was incredibly sad to witness. My husband, myself and two of our close friends were the first to arrive and there were many other concerned duners who rushed to help. Accumulatively, it was an amazing effort on everyone's part. It was heart breaking to see such a tragedy, and by two people who were so new to the sport. Supposedly, it was there first time out at Dumont and using this Commander. I don't know that helmets would've made a difference in this case, but it definitely could've helped keep the deceased's head together. I stabilized the passenger's C-spine until paramedics were ready to put him on the back board and get him off the hill into the emergency vehicle. There was nothing that could be done for the gentleman that lost his life. My husband and I left our Can Am Maverick for the highway patrolmen to use until they'd received instruction from the coroner to move the deceased to the ranger's station, at which point he was transported in the back of our Superduty. My husband helped the friend's of the deceased get the Commander off the hill and loaded onto their trailer. We stayed to help from beginning to the very end.
Someone previously stated that "manufacturers shouldn't be able to sell these things with such weak cages." This driver launched this sidexside over 30' in the air and landed upside down, 75' below where his tires left the sand... NO cage would hold up to that kind of impact. We purchased our Can Am because it has one of the top strength rated cages in the industry, and can personally vouch for that strength. My sidexside has been flipped on its top and rolled 3 times down a dune with no injuries sustained and less than $200 in plastics to look brand new.... The cage is strong and solid and was unaffected by our mishap.
Prayers to the family and friends of, as well as the deceased and Sergio, praying that he will walk again someday. We were all there for a reason that day and I am grateful that I was able to at least help Sergio for that time.
This horrific incident had nothing to do with Can Am making a weak cage, they were just novice duners. Thank The Lord no one else was hurt on the down side of that hill.