Dad Dies Doing What He Loved

David Metje died after his off-road vehicle hit a brick mailbox

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    A family and community are devastated after a crash killed a father in his own neighborhood.

    It was a moment of confusion when Sam Lund ran out of his house on Butternut Hollow Lane in Bonita a little before noon on Tuesday.

    "I came out and I couldn't tell who it was. He was so covered in dirt," said Lund.

    Lund then realized it was his longtime friend, 52-year-old David Metje, lying on the ground.

    Dad Dies Doing What He Loved

    [DGO] Dad Dies Doing What He Loved
    A family and community are devastated after a crash killed a father in his own neighborhood.

    "David was an incredibly loving family man," said Lund.

    Despite CPR by a neighbor at the scene, paramedics pronounced Metje dead a short time later.
    Witnesses say Metje's son had been riding behind him on the neighborhood street and saw the accident happen. Metje's off-road vehicle had hit a brick mailbox before ejecting him and continuing up a hill and into a fence.

    "He knows that thing like the back of his hand, just put in a new engine," said Lund.

    Lund says it sounded like the throttle got stuck. He said Metje may have been getting ready for another one of the family trips he loved so much.

    "The day he would leave for the desert, he'd always test drive those dune buggy's, up and down, and make sure it was running properly," said Lund.

    People who live on Butternut Hollow Lane describe it as an extremely close neighborhood and are devastated by the loss of someone they say died doing what he loved.

    "But that was his passion, work, family, and going to the desert with his family and dune buggying," said Lund.