1 person dies in accident at Caples Lake


A Florida man died Monday when the vehicle he was driving went off the road near Caples Lake dam.

The name of the 25-year-old from Hobe Sound is not being released pending notification of family.

According to California Highway Patrolman Paul Smyrski, the victim was headed toward Kirkwood on Highway 88 at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his vehicle. About 1 inch of snow was on the ground. The Toyota pickup did not make the sharp left onto the dam. The vehicle left the road, went up a dirt embankment, struck a tree and sign post and then went airborne.

The vehicle then hit a metal gate and post before it went off a small cliff, hit a cedar tree and landed on the driver’s side.

The drive was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Smyrski told Lake Tahoe News alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the April 14 4:45pm fatality.

– Lake Tahoe News staff report

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  1. Firebreaker says - Posted: April 16, 2013

    very sad.

  2. Bgrdn says - Posted: April 16, 2013

    We may need more signs stating to slow down. If one is not familiar with this area, tragedies like this, although rare, do happen.

    R.I.P. young man.

  3. Nathan Orvis says - Posted: April 16, 2013

    Miss you bro… You will always be rmbr’ed.

  4. Jonathan Tobey says - Posted: April 16, 2013

    We miss you already brother…

  5. Rob & Crystal says - Posted: April 17, 2013

    Some things will just never make sense. Some people will never be forgotten. We love you so much Ben. Losing you our friend will be a forever horrific imprint on our hearts reminding us of life’s fragility & that we all must meet Our Maker, some sooner than others. May we all draw closer to Him through this time. May you rest in peace sweet sweet Ben.

  6. Crystal Morris-Austin says - Posted: April 17, 2013

    Some things will never make sense, some people will never be forgotten. Losing you Ben will forever be a horrific imprint on our hearts, reminding us of life’s fragility & that we must each meet Our Maker, some sooner than others. May we all draw closer to Him and to each other. Rest in peace sweet sweet Ben.

  7. Nathanael Paulus says - Posted: April 17, 2013

    This is such a tragedy miss you bro.

  8. Horse tails says - Posted: April 17, 2013

    All the “slow down” signs in the world will never help some people.

  9. Mrne says - Posted: April 17, 2013

    Horse tail, really? That’s quite uncalled for. I knew this kid. My brother and him were friends and we grew up together. No matter what you think, that is not something that should be posted on this. His family and friends are grieving and this is the trash you post?! Get a life.

    RIP Marine, you will be missed.

  10. SJ says - Posted: April 17, 2013

    This young man was very special. He was a Corporal in the USMC, and a beloved son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He will be dearly missed.

  11. 30yrlocal says - Posted: April 17, 2013

    SJ and other family and friends: I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

  12. martin says - Posted: April 17, 2013

    I will always remembers the good and fun times we had.I will never forget you.

  13. neen says - Posted: April 17, 2013

    God Bless Ben and his precious family. What a terrific loss for family, friends and USMC.

  14. Alicia says - Posted: April 17, 2013

    Ben, really?! Can’t wait till I cross the finish line and see you. No matter how many times I read this…it just doesn’t seem real, it doesn’t seem possible. The only hope and peace I have is in Jesus Christ. I know you are with him. I cannot imagine what you were thinking and feeling in those last moments in your truck, but you’re safe now. Your mission on Earth was complete and God wanted you home. I love you and I will miss you while here on Earth, but I know the other side is better. Keep sweatin’ your pants off and dancin’ to the oldies, Richard ;) I know you would not want us to mourn, but to be happy, happy because you loved us all and we will see you again. Glorious day! :D
    Love you Killer,
    ;) your best frand ;):*
    <3 Alicia <3

  15. Jen says - Posted: April 17, 2013

    My prayers for you have always been that no matter what no matter how God would have you safe with Him…. It looks like God answered my prayers on my birthday and took you home to safety. Last night I felt Gods assurance that you are with him and you know how much I cared. See you on the other side Ben ! Love you.

  16. April says - Posted: April 17, 2013

    Your contagious smile will be missed. Now you are smiling at the King of Kings. :)

  17. Kristina( Dolan) Siwik says - Posted: April 17, 2013

    Ben was a great person! And always making people laugh and smile ! He will be greatly missed ! Praying for his family.Kristina Dolan Siwik

  18. Julie and Greg Finn says - Posted: April 17, 2013

    Ben, we wish we could have met you, always thought we would. We missed out on Knowing a very special person. Our hearts go out to your family and friends who are going to miss you dearly.

  19. Esther says - Posted: April 18, 2013

    I just still cannot believe you are gone Ben. You will forever be missed. Love you buddy. Can’t wait to see you again someday.

  20. Brittany says - Posted: April 18, 2013

    Wow Ben I really can’t wrap my head around the fact that you are truly gone! We all miss you so much as you can tell, but we know that your in a much better place! Love and miss you so much!

  21. Rob Carter says - Posted: April 23, 2013

    Ben, you were a great person and we’ll truly miss your smile and happy personality. Rest easy my friend and god bless.
    Rob Carter