Nine people attending the HARD Summer Festival in Fontana, California were transported to local hospitals where three were pronounced dead over the weekend. While local coroners are still investigating the cause of the deaths, excessive drug use coupled with the summer heat are very common causes at festivals.
They were, however, able to identify the three individuals — Derek Lee, 22, of San Francisco, Alyssa Dominguez, 21, of San Diego, and Roxanne Ngo, 22, of Chino Hills.
This was the first year that the HARD festival was held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Historically music festivals have incidents just like this past weekend’s attached to them so it came as no surprise that Pomona, the festivals prior host city, decided to opt out. In fact, at last year’s festival, two teenagers, 18 and 19 years of age, died of overdoses.
The LA County Board of Supervisors created an ordinance in March that enforced safety regulations at the festival but Pomona pulled out before it was passed. Along with the nine hospitalizations and three deaths, over 300 festival goers were arrested for public intoxication and drug possession, according to the San Bernandino Sun. The cause of all three deaths have not been confirmed so check back for more updates.
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