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LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. -- Authorities say the eight dead in a grisly crash at an off-road race in the California desert include three men from the San Diego area and a woman from Las Vegas.
The San Bernardino County coroner Sunday released the names of seven of the dead.
Brian Wolfin and Anthony Sanchez of Escondido died at the scene, and Aaron Farkas of Escondido died at a hospital.
All seven were in their 20's. The youngest of the dead was 20-year-old Danica Frantzich from Las Vegas. Her younger sister Cheyenne was believed to be also injured in the accident too.
The other dead are Andrew Therrin of Riverside, Zachary Freeman of Fillmore and Dustin Malson of Ventura.
The eighth victim died in Riverside County, and no name has been released.
All died after a truck plowed into the crowd in the California 200 near Lucerne Valley.
The federal Bureau of Land Management says the organizer of the off-road race in the California desert where eight people were killed was responsible for the safety of spectators at the event.
The BLM says in a statement Sunday that Mojave Desert Racing of South El Monte had agreed that vehicles would slow to less than 15 mph when passing within 50 feet of fans.
But the crowd at the California 200 Saturday afternoon was almost close enough to touch the trucks as they hurtled and bounced over the desert sand. One truck rolled sideways into spectators, leaving eight people dead and 12 injured.
The BLM owns the land used for the race in the Mojave Desert, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
Phone and e-mail messages left for Mojave Desert Racing were not immediately returned.
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