One dead, 23 hospitalized at this year’s HARD Summer
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has reported that one person died and 23 were hospitalized at the 2018 edition of HARD Summer, which took place at Fontana, California’s Auto Club Speedway the first weekend of August.
Nineteen-year-old Andrew Cole Click from Tracy, California was taken to an area hospital on Sunday, Aug. 5, where he was later pronounced dead. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
In a statement to Pitchfork, HARD Summer officials expressed their sympathy to Click’s family and friends.
“It is with great sadness that we have learned a festival attendee has passed away following HARD Summer this weekend. We extend our deepest sympathies to the individual’s loved ones, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts. The health and safety of those who attend our events is HARD’s utmost priority, and we take every measure to create a safe and enjoyable environment. We have no further information at this time, but we encourage the community to come together, support each other, and always look out for one another in light of this tragedy.”
Twenty-three other attendees were hospitalized for various medical issues. According to Los Angeles’ ABC7, two women remain in the hospital and are continuing to receive treatment. Eleven festival-goers were arrested over the course of the weekend, primarily for drug-related incidents.
The 2018 edition of HARD Summer brought more than 150,000 people to the speedway over the course of its two days.
H/T: ABC7 Los Angeles
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