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January 2, 2012
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Truckee CHP officer involved in incident that killed pedestrian; victim identified Tuesday

STATELINE, Nev. — A 21-year-old male who was walking down the middle of U.S. Highway 50 during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day was killed after he was struck by two vehicles, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred 12:44 a.m. New Year’s Day, according to NHP, when the man — identified Tuesday as Alex M. Moore of Walnut Creek, Calif. — was struck from behind by a 2011 Ford Expedition California Highway Patrol vehicle driven by Officer Joshua J. Varanini, 38 of Truckee.

The victim was walking in the left eastbound lane wearing denim jeans and a black jacket, according to NHP. Varanini stepped on the brakes and steered to the right to avoid the walker, but the vehicle’s left front end hit the man and forced him into the opposing westbound lanes where he was hit by a passenger shuttle bus. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

NHP Trooper Chuck Allen said the accident forced the closure of the highway for almost four hours. Eastbound traffic was rerouted out of the area via State Highway 207, while westbound traffic was turned around near the scene. The highway was completely reopened at approximately 4:36 am.

Neither Varanini nor the bus driver were injured.

Witnesses or anyone with additional information should contact Trooper Eric Gallagher at 775-689-4661.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 3, 2012 04:51PM Published Jan 2, 2012 02:09PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.