San Mateo couple identified in fatal accident along Lake Tahoe highway
October 14, 2008
The California Highway Patrol has released the names of the San Mateo couple killed in a head-on accident on Friday, Oct. 10, on Highway 89 along the west shore of Lake Tahoe.
Winfield Fairchild Sr., 83, and Jane Fairchild, 81, died when their Volkswagen Vanagon crossed the double-yellow line on Highway 89 heading south near Sugarpine State Park at about 11:20 a.m.
Their van struck an oncoming Ford F450 pickup driven by a 45-year-old Carson City man, said CHP Officer Jeff Gartner. The driver of the truck was not injured.
“The vehicles involved sustained major damage as a result of the collision. The road was covered with snow and ice at the time of the collision,” Gartner said.
Unsafe speed for the conditions is being investigated as one of the possible causes for the accident.