Death at cypress knee mud park

Death at cypress knee mud park

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#1 Mar 30, 2013
What happened.
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Grand Prairie, TX

#2 Mar 30, 2013
Title: ATV CRASH CLAIMS LIFE OF SHREVEPORT MAN NEAR ALLEN IN NATCHITOCHES PARISH
Date: 03/29/2013

NEAR ALLEN, LA.

On Friday afternoon, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a ATV Crash, near the Allen community in west Natchitoches Parish that resulted in the death of a Shreveport man according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

At approximately 4:38pm, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report of an All Terrain Vehicle Crash with injuries at a mud ride on private property off of the Allen-Beulah Road near Allen, La.

Deputies and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS paramedics on scene requested Life Air helicopter.

Casey J. Rawls, 32 of 6900 Bumcombe Road, Shreveport, La., was airlifted from the scene by Life Air helicopter to the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival at approximately 5:32pm.

Deputies say Rawls was operating a 2012 Kawasaki 4X4 All Terrain Vehicle, traveling down a hill at a angle, when he apparently lost control of the ATV, ejecting him, causing severe head injuries.

Rawls was not wearing a helmet.

Deputies say that an autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.

The investigation is currently continuing by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office.

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, NRMC EMS Paramedics, Life Air helicopter, along with citizen first responders assisted at the scene.

Deputy Jared Kilpatrick is working the crash investigation.
wondering

Canyon Lake, TX

#3 Apr 1, 2013
condolences to the family, but are these "mud rides" regulated or controlled at all? booze, drugs, mud, and horsepower... a recipe for disaster. i know everybody isn't drunk or high, not even saying this guy was- but you don't have to be the one doing that, just around it. not to mention the fights... every one of these events has some kind of drama.
stepdad

United States

#4 Apr 1, 2013
wondering wrote:
condolences to the family, but are these "mud rides" regulated or controlled at all? booze, drugs, mud, and horsepower... a recipe for disaster. i know everybody isn't drunk or high, not even saying this guy was- but you don't have to be the one doing that, just around it. not to mention the fights... every one of these events has some kind of drama.
son, i know your still mad cause you never had a ATV or won a single fight.
There

Robeline, LA

#5 Apr 1, 2013
wondering wrote:
condolences to the family, but are these "mud rides" regulated or controlled at all? booze, drugs, mud, and horsepower... a recipe for disaster. i know everybody isn't drunk or high, not even saying this guy was- but you don't have to be the one doing that, just around it. not to mention the fights... every one of these events has some kind of drama.
I was actually there at Cypress Knee friday and I was very close to the location where his accident happened. I can say that security was constantly patrolling and paramedics were on hand all day. There was drinking and good times being had, but I never saw and fighting or disrespectful behavior from anyone. I have been to other mud rides and saw fighting and total disrespect for safety but that was not the case at Cypress Knee. The hill his accident occurred on should never have been open to the public in my opinion. Very dangerous hill. An accident waiting to happen, but other than that, it was clean fun. So not all rides are the same.
CAMBODIAN

Robeline, LA

#6 Apr 1, 2013
I KNEW IT HAD TO START SOMETIME, SO I'LL PUT MY 2 CENTS IN. FOR THE PERSON CALLING THEMSELVES WONDERING,ALL CAN BE SAID OF YOUR COMMENT IS YOU ARE A DUMBASS!!!!!!!!!! TO THE ONE GOING BY THE NAME THERE, IF THE ACCIDENT WOULD OF HAPPENED IN A CREEK, YOU WOULD HAVE SAID THAT WAS A BAD CREEK AND THAT IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN OPENED TO THE PUBLIC. THIS WAS A TRAGIC ACCIDENT AND THATS ALL IT WAS, JUST AN ACCIDENT. NO MATTER HOW MANY P0LICE, HOW MUCH DRINKING OR HOW MANY DRUGS THERE ARE, ALL ACCIDENTS CANNOT BE PREVENTED!! I KNOW THAT IS LITTLE COMFORT TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS RIGHT NOW,I HOPE THEY WIIL FIND A WAY TO SEE THE JOY HE BROUGHT TO THEM WHILE HE WAS ALIVE.MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YALL.
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Robeline, LA

#7 Apr 1, 2013
You are right and I AM NOT blaming anything other than it being an accident. I do have to wonder if you have laid eyes on the hill I mentioned. It was an accident but I would expect people in owner type positions to chose their terrain a bit more cautiously. It was too steep to go up or down safely is all I am saying. He did nothing wrong, just an accident.
Ariel

Robeline, LA

#8 Apr 1, 2013
I was also there with my family which includes 2 young children. There was drinking but I saw no fighting or disrespect from anyone. The Cypress Knee Patrol were constantly patrolling doing an outstanding job in a very difficult place. The accident was exactly that, a horrible accident. My kids and I had rode that trail the night before and when I found the same hill, I made the choice not to go down it deciding it to steep for my kids experience level. When you ride ATV's you have to be aware of your surroundings and your personal experience level choosing wisely on what you are going to do. The accident victim was an experienced rider. This was just a poor choice made that led to a horrible accident. My condolences to the family
Kuntry Bumkin

United States

#9 Apr 2, 2013
let me start by saying my heart goes out to his family for there loss ! its simple as this the lord was ready for him to come home plain & simple ! may he rest in peace !
Unsafe mudrides

Natchitoches, LA

#10 Apr 3, 2013
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php...

How safe is this??This pic was on there facebook page.
Unsafe mudrides

Natchitoches, LA

#11 Apr 3, 2013
I also like how they mention nothing about the death or try to pay there respects to Casey in anyway.
CAMBODIAN

Robeline, LA

#12 Apr 3, 2013
Unsafe mudrides gets the DUMBASS award of the day!
Concerned

Shreveport, LA

#13 Apr 3, 2013
Unsafe mudrides wrote:
http://www.facebook.com/photo. php?fbid=10201198512791809 &set=o.258915860907137 &type=1&theater
How safe is this??This pic was on there facebook page.
WHAT PARENT would put their child in this and subject their child to the dangers??????????

That baby should be taken out of that Mothers care. CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES SHOULD BE ALERTED IMMEDIATELY.

YOU PEOPLE ARE SO CONCERNED ABOUT HORSES..........GET ON THIS PRONTO.
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Irving, TX

#14 Apr 3, 2013
Has the pic been taking down? Link not working for me.
Concerned

Shreveport, LA

#15 Apr 3, 2013
Check out comments by Jerri on Contacting Child Protective Services. She lifted the picture from here. Maybe she will share.
Unsafe mudrides

Natchitoches, LA

#16 Apr 3, 2013
Why am I a dumbass??? That's fine that the picture of the one year old was taken down because it had already been downloaded and forwarded to the proper folks. I am glad the parent tagged herself in the picture while her child was in danger.
Ariel

Robeline, LA

#17 Apr 3, 2013
Unsafe mudrides wrote:
http://www.facebook.com/photo. php?fbid=10201198512791809 &set=o.258915860907137 &type=1&theater
How safe is this??This pic was on there facebook page.
The hill was steep but very doable to an experienced rider. My husband and I have been up and down the hill several times even before it was open to the public.
There

Robeline, LA

#18 Apr 3, 2013
I am not trying to argue whether that hill was doable or not, but I am 40 yrs old and I have been riding for many many years and I went up that hill that day but when I approached it to come down, my common sense said take another route. That hill may have been doable but it was also too steep to take any chances on. If you went down it and made it, I am glad, but not everyone was that lucky and that is just what it was...luck. And the hill shown on the website is not the same hill this happened on. The hill shown is only half as steep.
There

Robeline, LA

#19 Apr 3, 2013
I did notice also that there has been no mention of this accident on the facebook page. I think some acknowledgement should have been made out of respect.
Laura

Natchitoches, LA

#20 Apr 3, 2013
Whoever put that little baby in the back of a Rhino and went mud riding should face charges.That's the same as going down the road with the child in the back of a pickup truck. Shame on you and the promoters of this mud park.

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