Quartzsite, AZ man, beloved owner of two radio stations, identified after the flaming riverside wreck – Riverside County news source
UPDATE: Friday, October 15, 1:07 p.m.
Originally posted: Tuesday, Oct.12 at 9:57 a.m.
See the original story below.
RIVERSIDE, Calif., – Family members have publicly identified a man who was killed in a violent Riverside crash that occurred while transitioning north from I-215 to the SR-60 on the way to is Friday night, October 8th. Officials initially said the driver was burnt to the point of unrecognizable after the crash, which destroyed the victim’s vehicle and left it barely recognizable.
According to friends and family, the victim, now identified as Marvin Vosper, of Quartzsite, AZ, had previously lived in the Fallbrook and Oceanside areas, and by all accounts was a well-known and beloved owner of two resorts of radio AZ, KBUX- FM and KCNL-FM.
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In a social media post published after the tragic and unexpected death of his father, Dennis Vosper wrote: âWith deep sadness and strike force my mother received this dreadful blow in the middle of the night at 2:20 a.m. from our local Quartzsite police. , who were sent to inform him of my father who was killed last night in a tragic flaming rollover accident.
âHe was on his way to his home here in Quartzsite, AZ,â said the grieving son.
In his message, (which can be viewed in full below), Dennis went on to describe his father’s 42-year career in the television and radio industries, starting in 1978 when he accepted a position as a broadcast engineer for the Christian television channel KTBN.
Over the years, Marvin juggled his full-time television career and part-time radio gigs before purchasing KBUX-FM from Quartzsite in 2011. Then, in 2019, Marvin bid on a second radio station and the deal was made, giving birth to KCNL-FM 105.9 FM Classic Rock.
âIt was one more step towards achieving his lifelong dreams of owning and operating a radio station full time,â said Dennis.
Then, just three weeks ago, Marvin and his KTBN team were fired due to budget cuts.
âMy dad was in this role for 42 years so it wasn’t a comfortable transition to make,â Dennis said in his post.
“I remember cheering him on and telling him it was the perfect timeâ¦ the two radio stations, KBUX-FM and KCNL-FM were ready to support both of us and that it was a gift from God Dennis, who worked alongside his father to help build the two radio stations, continued. âHe could now devote his full-time efforts to both stations and really see them take off. “
Dennis went on to explain that for the past three weeks his father had been busy sorting out issues in California and was on his way home when the fatal accident happened.
“My father was only days away from fully realizing his lifelong dream of owning, operating and engineering full time on HIS OWN radio stations when this tragic car accident prevented him from seeing his dream come true, âhe sadly continued. describing his father as “one of the most generous, confident and forgiving men you can meet”.
“He had a heart of gold and sacrificed again and again to make sure his family had what they needed,” he added.
Dennis went on to say that his family, along with his mother, would go ahead and continue to build his father’s radio stations in his memory and “to honor his life, his efforts, his love of radio, and most of all. to honor and recognize his love for the family.
Original story: Burned beyond recognition, victim remains unidentified after deadly Riverside crash
RIVERSIDE, Calif .– Authorities continue efforts today to identify a man who was burned to the point of becoming unrecognizable after a violent solo vehicle crash on Friday night, October 8. The fatal accident occurred on the north transition from I-215 to the eastbound SR 60.
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California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire-Riverside and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 9:10 p.m. after receiving reports of a traffic accident with fire, the CHP officer Juan Quintero.
When officials arrived, they found a vehicle, believed to be a Jeep Grand Cherokee, completely engulfed in fire and quickly set about putting out the fire.
âAfter the vehicle fire was extinguished, it was determined that the occupant alone had died of his injuries at the scene,â Quintero said.
CHP’s preliminary investigation revealed that there were no other vehicles involved and for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle rolled down the embankment, overturning several times before catching fire.
âThe vehicle and the lone male occupant have been completely burned beyond recognition and a positive identification is pending.
coroner’s autopsy, âQuintero continued.
This is an active investigation and anyone who may have witnessed the fatal accident is urged to call the California Highway Patrol, Accident Investigation Unit at (951) 637-8000. Callers can remain anonymous.
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Trevor spent 10 years in the US Army as an orthopedic specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically removed after losing his leg, fracturing his back, and sustaining injuries. spinal cord and brain injuries in an industrial accident. (Click here to watch segment of Discovery Channel’s documentary about Trevor’s crash.)
During his time with the Sheriff’s Department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Temecula Southwest Station, Hemet / Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station; with other locations.
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