Sosnora, CA — 55 year old Mario Paragas Tadeo of Stockton has been identified as the driver of the ATV who died as a result of an early Saturday afternoon accident.
Tadeo and 58 year old Prudencio Farinas were riding up a steep hill on a dirt forest road in the Herring Creek area of Tuolumne County when the ATV started rolling backward. Tadeo applied the brakes but to no avail. The ATV rolled three times down the hill.
Farinas managed to push the ATV off both individuals. Tadeo was conscious when he left for help. Upon Farinas´ return Tadeo was no longer breathing and there was no heartbeat.
CPR was initiated but was unsuccessful. Tadeo was pronounced dead at 1:02pm by Captain Ron Fink of the Tuolumne County Fire Department.
Written by Bill Johnson