The Burning Man Festival was marred by the death of a woman attending the annual event in the middle of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The dead woman is identified as 29-year-old Alicia Louise Cipicchio of Jackson, Wyoming, according to MSN News on Aug. 28.
Cipicchio was killed when she was hit by a bus that was carrying passengers around the playa a little past midnight. The accident occurred in the temporary village, Black Rock City, near Center Camp.
According to the New York Daily News, Police report the woman died “after falling under a large vehicle” at the desert event. Because this event is literally held in the middle of nowhere, Humboldt General Hospital in Winnemucca provides medical services on-site for the festival attendees, which draws over 60,000 people each year.
First responders pronounced the woman dead on the scene. The Burning Man Festival is about 100 miles north of Reno in the middle of the desert. Each year the desert comes a temporary home to this counterculture event filled with music and good times for the free-spirited set. The event takes place the same time every year during the week leading up to and including Labor Day.
Cipicchio is a 2008 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro where she majored in art. She was an employee of the RARE Gallery of Fine Art, which is located not far from Yellow Stone National Park in Teton County, Wyoming.