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.
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