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[KHTS] – A 44-year-old Santa Clarita man was killed Saturday in an off-roading accident west of Sierra Highway, according to a news release from the California Highway Patrol.

The deceased man, Jin Ahn Jeong, was traveling northbound up a steep hillside in the Rowher Flats Off-Highway-Vehicle area, when his vehicle lost traction and rolled backward off the trail, according to the release from the investigating officer, A. Maurer.

logo_chpThe crash occurred at approximately 4:12 p.m. and Jeong was thrown from the vehicle, according to the release.

“Mr. Jeong was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled backward, and sustained fatal injuries,” said Sergeant Mike Logi of the California Highway Patrol.

The rear end of the vehicle impacted the hillside and the vehicle rolled to the bottom of the embankment, according to the release.

The vehicle was not recovered from the spot because of difficult terrain, Logi said.

Jeong was driving a 1997 Lexus LX450, and his speed at the time of the crash is unknown, according to the release.

Jeong’s next of kin have been notified, Logi said.

 

– Dale Fairclough

 

 

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36 Comments

  1. Jd Gregory says:

    So sad…. This man leaves behind family and an 8th grader at Trinity Classical Academy…. Praying..

  2. Very sad, prayers to his family

  3. Why are they calling this guy a rider, when he’s driving a Lexus, off road?

  4. Devon Pierce says:

    Dylan Rutledge Trevor Gothie

  5. Devon Pierce says:

    Dylan Rutledge Trevor Gothie

  6. Marc Hagest says:

    that place is brutal! Prayers to the family!

  7. Marc Hagest says:

    that place is brutal! Prayers to the family!

  8. Devon Pierce says:

    Oh wow I didn’t read that lart

  9. Devon Pierce says:

    Oh wow I didn’t read that lart

  10. Devon Pierce says:

    Trevor Gothie Yea but I’ve done it in my 2 Wheeler Saturn…

  11. Devon Pierce says:

    Trevor Gothie Yea but I’ve done it in my 2 Wheeler Saturn…

  12. Honestly he pry had it coming cause the only way this could have happened was he was doing something really stupid. First mistake Lexus

  13. Honestly he pry had it coming cause the only way this could have happened was he was doing something really stupid. First mistake Lexus

  14. Obviously didn’t have in a seat belt and why off-roading in a Lexus? Sorry for his family’s loss but this was not on “off-roader”

  15. Obviously didn’t have in a seat belt and why off-roading in a Lexus? Sorry for his family’s loss but this was not on “off-roader”

  16. Jim Oge Jr says:

    Crazy just spent the better part of today trail riding in a jk rubicon. That is made to go off road. Prayers to his family members.

  17. Jim Oge Jr says:

    Crazy just spent the better part of today trail riding in a jk rubicon. That is made to go off road. Prayers to his family members.

  18. Then the tow truck couldn’t get it Saturday cuz of the terrain was to bad. Come on!!! A Lexus made it up there!!! Was it Wolf Towing???

  19. Wally Belsey says:

    Guess we should ban the Lexus.
    All models, all colors.

  20. Ryan Orona says:

    Sad, but off-road in a Lexus without a seatbelt? I feel bad for the family he left behind.

  21. Chris Paul says:

    Is the vehicle still out there? We can get it out with our 4x4s we just did a rollover recovery up there a few weekends ago

  22. Terry Hollinger you see this?

  23. Terry Hollinger you see this?

  24. Isn’t a Lexus 450 a blinged up land cruiser?

  25. Jim Lupold says:

    Actually, the ’97 was good off-road. Solid axles and decent power.

  26. Mike says:

    To all the idiots who forget his family may read this have some respect.and to the ignorant people jealous that he was in a lexus.do your research the lexus is an upgraded toyota land cruiser. Toyota labs cruisers are known for off roading. Have respect for the deceased, this isn’t a passing match for P. Envying boys. I’ve seen Land Rovers and Land cruisers off road and doing a better job than jeeps, fords, chevys, and dodge.

  27. Chris Paul says:

    Yep. It’s a luxurious land cruiser. They have some built up ones. The name Lexus and offroad don’t mix so everyone assumes it’s one of those new crossover hybrid looking things but that type of Lexus this guy was driving was surely capable of going rowher flats. It sounds like driver error unfortunately :(

  28. Eddie Conna says:

    Natural selection. Off Roading in a Lexus AND no seat belt.

  29. Any other info on the accident? Sad news!

  30. Sean says:

    I’m familiar with the trail he was on, and I’m familiar with the vehicle he’s driving, as I personally own a 1997 Lexus LX450. As another poster mentioned, an LX450 is for all intents and purposes, an 80 series Land Cruiser, arguably the most capable out of the box 4×4 SUV that Toyota has ever manufactured.

    We don’t know all of the details surrounding the crash, but I can personally attest to the difficulty and danger around some of the hills on the Lookout Trail, as I have climbed them myself in my own LX450. He may have had a mechanical failure, or perhaps forgot to air down his tires to the proper air pressure. We may never know.

    At the end of the day, it was a tragic accident, and unfortunately it will not likely be the last that we hear about from Rowher Flats.

  31. Jean says:

    please have some decency and respect for the lost life and his family. it doesn’t matter what kind of car it was, what he was doing.

    at the end of the day, he won’t be returning to his family. that’s what the new is about, not that he is a newb off rider.

    be careful with what you say/ write. what goes around comes around.

  32. Gerard says:

    He was a very nice guy. And ran a world class repair facility.

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