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3 People Die at Hard Summer Music Festival in Fontana California

Derek Lee, 22, of San Francisco; Alyssa Dominguez, 21, of San Diego; and Roxanne Ngo, 22, of Chino Hills Identified by Coroner

shutterstock_293997536FONTANA, California (August 1, 2016) —Three young people in their 20s died over the weekend while attending the Hard Summer Music Festival at the Auto Club Speedway, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner.

The young people were identified as Derek Lee, 22, of San Francisco, who was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center about 12:10 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Alyssa Dominguez, 21, of San Diego, was taken to Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Fontana where she died about 2:10 a.m. on Sunday morning. Roxanne Ngo, 22, of Chino Hills, was taken by ambulance to Loma Linda University Medical Center where she later died early Monday morning at 3:04 a.m.

The event attracted some 146,000 attendees this weekend. There were at least nine people transported by ambulances to local hospitals this past weekend who had been attending the event. Additionally, more than 300 people were arrested for various charges at the event or outside of it. Most of the arrests involved public intoxication. At least one of the arrests involved a person who was bringing mushrooms, marijuana and methamphetamines drugs into the event.

The coroner is investigating what caused the deaths of these three young people who were all in attendance at the music festival. The investigation is looking into whether extreme heat played a role.

The deaths come a year after two teenage girls died in what is believed to be drug overdoses at the Hard Summer Festival held last year at the Fairplex.
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Our deepest condolences go out to the families of these three young people who are now dealing with such a painful and preventable loss. There has been much controversy over permitting these types of festivals to operate due to previous deaths at concerts. When someone is injured, whether it’s heat exhaustion or they are suffering from life-threatening drug overdose, paramedics are unable to access these crowded arenas and get patients to hospitals in time to save their life. If this happens, the concert promoter may be held liable for creating a dangerous condition. If you have legal questions regarding an injury or wrongful death, contact Johnson Attorneys Group at 800-235-6801 to request a free consultation with an experienced attorney. — sks

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