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December 17, 2012
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Alcohol suspected in fatal Saturday wreck

One person was killed and two more were sent to the hospital following a crash at the intersection of Pioneer Trail and Ski Run Boulevard early Saturday morning.

Alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor in the crash.

William Olazaba died after being transported to Barton Memorial Hospital. Olzaba was a passenger in a Honda Accord that broadsided a GMC Yukon about 1:35 a.m., according to a statement from police. Roberto Olazaba, a 22-year-old South Lake Tahoe man, was the driver of the Accord, according to the statement. Roberto Olazaba was admitted to the hospital for observation.

Noe Corea, a 26-year-old South Lake Tahoe man, was the driver of the Yukon and was treated for injuries at the hospital and released, as was a passenger in the Yukon.

The collision caused a temporary power outage in the Ski Run neighborhood due to one of the vehicle's striking the power converter.

This is the third fatal collision in South Lake Tahoe in the past four months, according to the statement. In August a 51-year-old man was struck and killed on Lake Tahoe Boulevard near Pioneer Trail. In that case, the pedestrian man a blood alcohol concentration of .19 percent and walked in front of an oncoming vehicle. In September a 71-year-old female was struck on Lake Tahoe Boulevard near Friday Aveune. Alcohol was not a factor in that collision. In both cases, the pedestrian was found at fault.

Saturday's collision is still under investigation.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed this collision to contact Officer John Spaeth at 530-542-6100.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 17, 2012 01:02PM Published Dec 17, 2012 12:57PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.