TRUCKEE, Calif. — A 55-year-old Rough and Ready, Calif., man involved in a high-speed chase with California Highway Patrol on Interstate 80 Monday afternoon was killed after his vehicle collided with a dirt embankment and rolled several times.
William Orr was reported to CHP at about 1:30 p.m. Monday as driving recklessly in a 1989 BMW 3 Series convertible, at high speeds, and using the shoulders on I-80 eastbound at Dutch Flat as passing lanes, according to the highway patrol.
Orr failed to stop when officers tried to pull him over, instead accelerating to speeds exceeding 100 mph. A pursuit continued eastbound into the Truckee CHP area and eventually over Donner Summit, with the BMW abruptly exiting at Donner Pass Road, driving over the overcrossing and entering I-80 westbound.
As Orr approached Soda Springs in excess of 100 mph, he entered a coned-off lane closure where a California Conservation Corps crew was working. He lost control of the BMW before colliding with a dirt embankment and overturning several times. As the car overturned, it struck two CCC workers as they attempted to get out of the way.
Fresno resident Linda Heuangpaseud, 23, suffered a head injury and was air lifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno by CareFlight, while Fresno resident Jose Gabriel Garcia, 19, complained of shoulder pain. Heuangpaseud has since been discharged.
Orr, who was wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Orr had 2.5 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle at the time of the accident, according to the Associated Press. Pete Mann, Truckee CHP public information officer, said it’s unclear if the marijuana is why Orr fled.
On Monday, CHP identified the suspect as a 42-year-old Reno man based on documentation left in the car from its previous owner; officials on Tuesday released Orr’s name and correct age and listed him as a Penn Valley, Calif., resident.
Further discussion Wednesday with the Nevada County Coroner, however, determined that Orr was from Rough and Ready.