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Rohnert Park Man Killed, Family Injured in Off-Road Vehicle Accident in Mojave Desert

One local resident is asking the community if they'd support a donation effort for the man's family, who live in G Section.

A Rohnert Park man is dead and his family injured following a Wednesday night accident in a Mojave Desert valley, near the town of Landers, according to an article in the Press-Enterprise, a local newspaper there that covers both San Bernadino and Riverside counties.

According to the story, Steven Brent Williams, 30, his wife and the couple's two children were in a recreational vehicle crash during an off-road excursion. The article stated that:

"A roll-over accident in a popular Mojave Desert off-road vehicle area killed a Northern California man Wednesday night and sent his wife and their two small children to the hospital by medical helicopter."

"Thirty-year-old Steven Brent Williams died at the scene of the 7:45 p.m. crash on Means Dry Lake in the Johnson Valley Off Road Area, about 13 miles northwest of Landers."

"The family had left their campsite to seek cell phone reception and were driving a 1965 Jeep that had been modified into a rock crawler containing two seats, both with five-point safety belts, said Officer Joaquin Zubieta."

The son, 1, and daughter, 4, were reportedly injured after the Jeep overturned three times, throwing the family from the vehile.

According to the article, "Williams had the couple’s 4-year-old daughter in his lap, and Williams’ wife had their 1-year-old son in her lap, Zubieta said."

One Rohnert Park woman contacted Rohnert Park Patch this morning, asking the community if they'd support some sort of fundraising campaign for the Williams family.

"They live in G section and I am just so sad for these babies," said local resident Tamara Wall. "Can we do something as a community to raise money for them and put the word out for donations?"

"I cannot stop thinking about them and want to do something to help them out," she added.

Would you support a donation effort the family? Please post your comments below and we'll find out what we can do. Send emails also to angela.hart@patch.com.

Summer Uricoechea April 20, 2012 at 06:06 PM
That is so sad :/ Yes i'd support a donation effort.
Noel April 20, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Such a tragic accident. I would absolutely support a donation effort.
Sean Smith April 20, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Brent was a childhood friend of mine and was an incredible father and husband who was an extremely dedicated to his craft. He comes from 2 incredible parents who instilled such wonderful qualities in him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loving family. He was like a brother to me. I'm going to miss you so much!
Barbara Lamb April 20, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Yes, of course we should do what we can as a community to help this young family in their time of need. Ideas?
Carrie Merritt April 21, 2012 at 12:09 AM
A trust fund has been set up for his family. To contribute to the trust fund, you can send checks to Exchange Bank's Rohnert Park branch and write on the check "FBO Williams Family Trust Fund." The address is Exchange Bank, 6290 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park, CA 94928. The customer service rep. can be reached there at 707-584-7300 for any questions. Thank you all!
Ingrid Noyes April 23, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I am the aunt of Brent's widow Naomi. Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts and donations! We're trying to raise enough money for them so they have time to grieve and adjust to life without their husband and dad, without having to worry about how to pay the mortgage without his income, at least for a while. Thanks to anyone who can help out with this--every dollar helps, every kind word helps too. They are a lovely family. Thank you!
Linda April 23, 2012 at 08:30 PM
THEY WERE NOT WEARING SEATBELTS! Just how stupid and careless and dangerous can you get?
Nico April 23, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Now, just how important was that cell phone call? Why were they driving with kids in their laps and no seatbelts? This is sad, but its also very wrong...and now the kids pay the price for their parents bad actions.
Jan Drew April 23, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Have some sympathy people, Really Im from Southern California where this accident ocurred where we all go on a normal basis, -We are avid 4X4 hobbiest's and have children who like to go camp and rock crawl too in Johnson Valley...I dont know what happened, yes they werent wearing belts but ive been out there and sometimes you do little things like that if its a quick put--the dry lake bed has many ruts etc in it--its easy to underestimate if your not custom to the terrain....All of us here in the desert are affected by something that happened here and it invloved a family from northern california who are hurt and are also grieving a loved one...Instead of the insults as to why, think of the things youve done that werent so smart sometimes, i dont think he went to find cell service to die, really, Ive done that thousands of times out in that same spot because there is NO SERVICE out there----You dont know how many people from this High Desert are hurting over a family from hundreds of miles away that we dont even know that this happened to--we are all a family when it comes to camping, rock crawling etc..RIP Steven Brent Williams........
Angela Hart April 24, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Thanks for your comments, readers. If anyone knows how to get in touch with the family, please let me know. I'd like to set up a donation through a family member or some kind of community organization, like a church. Ideas? Email angela.hart@patch.com or call 707-239-9418.
Kathie and Steve Servente April 25, 2012 at 07:32 PM
When Brent smiled, his whole body smiled. He and Naomi are wonderful parents and wonderful neighbors. The entire neighborhood is grieving the loss of this thoughtful, respectful and helpful young man. We're hoping his family has the time and energy to grieve and heal. We're so sorry this happened. Brent will be missed. Kathie & Steve Servente
Kathie and Steve Servente April 25, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Hi Barbara, He and his family are our neighbors and they are wonderful. Great family, devoted father. Nice to see your positive comments and I just wanted to say "hello". We see Mattie at Shari's sometimes. She's lovely and such a warm pleasant personality. Good job, mom. Take care, Kathie Servente
Heather Williams September 23, 2012 at 01:30 PM
your a dumb bitch come see me !!!!!! u dont know shit and you have NO right to talk shit about my Brother or his family//// we should meet up or you should SHUT the FUCK UP!
Heather Williams September 23, 2012 at 01:32 PM
YOUR a Dumb MOther Fucker too do you want to say something to my face or you just going to run your fingers online you dont know shit about the situation MIND YOUR OWN !

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