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October 25, 2004|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

Boy struck by sand rail, dies

A 5-year-old San Dimas boy was accidentally killed by a family friend Friday in the Glamis sand dunes.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Robert Gonzalez said a San Dimas man — a member of a group from the San Dimas area — ran down the boy with a new sand rail dune buggy.

The boy had been climbing up the east side of a sand dune when the San Dimas off-roader crested over from the west side. The sand rail struck the boy's head, causing major injuries to his neck.

The boy was air-lifted to San Diego Children's Hospital but he has since been declared dead, according to the Highway Patrol.

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Motorcycle rider injured

A 57-year-old Chula Vista man lost the tips of some of his fingers in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident Saturday.

Richard Hudak was riding a BMW motorcycle about 1:15 p.m. on Interstate 8, coming down the grade from San Diego, when he lost control of his bike and smacked into a guardrail.

Suspected burglar in jail

Calexico police arrested a 39-year-old area man for burglary Sunday morning. Jose Mora was booked into jail with bail set at $10,000.

Straight from the source

"C'mon, I know you've got at least a $20."

El Centro police ran off a homeless man who was panhandling near an ATM machine on the corner of Cottonwood Drive on Sunday.

Man, dogs sent packing

A homeless man who was hanging out in front of El Centro's Vons supermarket with two dogs on Sunday was sent on his way by El Centro police officers. The homeless man was bothering customers, according to the person who complained.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at aclaverie@ivpressonline.com or 337-3419.

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