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Michael Rigg Dies in Freak Sledding Accident in Idyllwild-Pine Cove

RIVERSIDE, CA (March 23, 2021) – Sunday afternoon, 7-year-old Michael Rigg was killed in a deadly sledding crash on Sylvan Way.

The accident happened just before 2:50 p.m., on the 5200 block of Sylvan Way. According to police, the boy was sledding down a driveway with his family, when suddenly the boy slid onto the road.

A 2020 Ford Transit 350 van was driving at a low rate of speed just as the boy approached the road and slipped under the vehicle. As a result, the young child suffered serious injuries.

The driver, a 35-year-old man from Desert Hot Springs, came to a complete stop and offered assistance. The driver did not appear to be drunk or otherwise careless.

The boy was taken to the Riverside County firehouse in Idyllwild, where firefighters tried to save his life and arranged for him to be airlifted to a hospital by helicopter. The boy, however, was declared dead a short time later.


We at Sweet James would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Michael Rigg. May you find comfort and strength during this tragic time.


If you have lost a loved one in a similar accident, reach out to the experienced litigators at Sweet James. With over 20 years of combined experience in the legal field, they know what it takes to win your case. Their legal team has dealt with a variety of cases including auto accidents, personal injury, and wrongful death. Focus on grieving your loved one, and they will take care of the rest.

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