Two killed, baby dies over weekend in dunes

November 26, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

GLAMIS — The Imperial Sand Dunes were the site of two fatal traffic accidents over the weekend along the death of a 4-month-old boy, possibly from sudden infant death syndrome.

The first fatal traffic accident occurred about 6 p.m. Friday in the sand dunes.

Killed was Kenneth Bishop, 43, of Bellflower, a passenger in a dune buggy that either collided with another vehicle or rolled on its own, said sheriff's Sgt. Rick Macken of the county Coroner's Office.

Macken said Bishop was reportedly ejected from the vehicle. The cause of death was expected to be determined Tuesday during an autopsy.

There was no information available about the driver of the dune buggy.

The second fatal accident occurred at 3:30 p.m. Sunday on Wash Road in the dunes area.

Macken said a pickup reportedly swerved into a three-wheel all-terrain vehicle driven by Timothy James Lindekugal, 19, of Moreno Valley, who died from his injuries.


No information was available on the driver of the pickup. The cause of death will be determined in an autopsy Tuesday.

In the case of the infant, Macken reported that the parents, who reside in Temecula, had put the child down for a nap in their camper in the Glamis area.

They checked on the infant after about four hours and about two hours later. That was when they found the baby unresponsive.

They brought the boy to the local ranger station, but the child had died.

Macken said the cause of death was unknown. He ruled out foul play, adding it could be sudden infant death syndrome, in which infants die mysteriously in their sleep.

More information could be available after Tuesday.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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