Off-Road Vehicle Crashes into Canyon on Bentley Street, Ricky Rodriguez and Christopher Raahauge Identified
RIVESIDE, CA (January 6, 2022) – Police are investigating an off-road vehicle crash that killed the co-founder of an addiction treatment center in Norco and a resident of the facility on New Year’s Eve.
According to the Riverside Police Department, around 2:40 p.m. an all-terrain vehicle carrying three people were riding along a ridgeline trail in the 11300 block of Bentley Street near Swenson Street.
However, it hit a large rock, causing the driver to lose control and veer off the side of a hill. The ATV rolled multiple times until coming to rest at the bottom of the canyon.
60-year-old Christopher Raahauge of Norco died at the scene.
Raahauge co-founded Shelter For Change with his wife, Karen. The nonprofit helps those dealing with addiction, including those without medical insurance, and offers transitional housing for recovering addicts. A GoFundMe page set up to help Raahauge’s family pay for funeral expenses.
Also killed in the crash was a 33-year-old Norco man who was not named by the coroner’s office. However, Shelter For Change identified him as Ricky Rodriguez on social media.
A third victim, who is not identified, suffered moderate injuries. As a result, a Riverside County sheriff’s helicopter crew hoisted the victim out of the canyon. After that, the victim was placed in an ambulance and taken to Riverside Community Hospital.
Further investigation is underway.
We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Ricky Rodriguez and Christopher Raahauge.
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