Marine ID’d as victim in Caples Lake fatal accident
A 25-year-old Marine who served overseas was identified as the person killed at Caples Lake on April 15.
Benjamin Keith Rauschenberger, 25, of Elwood, Ind., was travelling on Highway 88 and went over the edge of the roadway, landing 25 yards from the road, according to the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office.
Rauschenberger was stationed at Pickel Meadows Mountain Warfare Training Center.
The accident occurred at about 4:45 p.m. during a snowstorm. No one saw the accident occur. A California Highway Patrol officer on routine patrol spotted the accident scene at about 5 p.m., according to CHP spokesman Jeff Gartner.
He said Rauschenberger was driving a 2010 Toyota Tacoma pickup west when he failed to negotiate the sharp corner on the north side of the lake.
According to the report, there was snow on the roadway when Rauschenberger left the roadway and traveled up a dirt embankment.
“He was going too fast when he hit a tree, a signpost and then a gate post and was ejected,” Gartner said. “The vehicle ended up hitting a tree.”
The vehicle ended up 25 yards down the embankment. The accident occurred before chain controls went into effect.
A posting on Facebook by Rauschenberger’s family said he’d served in both Afghanistan and Iraq.