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Passenger injured in one-car wreck near Spooner Summit

A one-vehicle wreck near Spooner Summit on Tuesday morning left one person with life-threatening injuries. Preliminary reports indicate a 2009 Nissan Murano driven by Wesley N. Waterman, 25, of Kings Beach, Calif., was traveling south on State Route 28, north of the intersection with Highway 50, when the vehicle went off the right side of the roadway at about 6:27 a.m., according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. A passenger, Morgan Russell, sustained life-threatening injuries when the vehicle hit a road sign and then a tree, and was transported to Renown Medical Center in Reno for emergency treatment. Waterman, who may have fallen asleep at the wheel, and passenger Karly Findorff suffered minor injuries, according to the NHP. The hometowns and ages of the two passengers were not immediately available. The incident remains under investigation by NHP Trooper R. Rikalo. Witnesses can contact him at 775-684-7381 or 775-687-0400 or by email at regarding case number NHP-140300814. Once the crash investigation is complete, any potential charges will be recommended to the Carson City District Attorney's Office for review.

Score of motorcycle-related accidents over the weekend

Motorcycles were involved in nearly a score of accidents over the weekend including one fatality in Douglas County. Three people were injured on Sunday when the driver of a sedan pulled out in front of a westbound Harley Davidson Motorcycle at Glenbrook Road and Highway 50. The motorcyclists hit the left side of the sedan throwing the rider and his passenger. Both sustained serious injuries, according to Trooper Chuck Allen of the Nevada Highway Patrol. The report came in at 1:07 p.m. The motorcyclists were flown by Cal Star helicopter to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno for treatment. The sedan’s driver was pinned in his vehicle and had to be cut free. He was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital by Tahoe-Douglas ambulance. One lane of Highway 50 in each direction was blocked until shortly after 4 p.m., according to Allen. A woman died as a result of injuries sustained Friday when a black Harley Davidson motorcycle struck the concrete curb along Highway 50 just east of Spooner Summit, throwing them both from the motorcycle. Both the rider and passenger of the motorcycle were from California and their identities are expected to be released today, The accident was reported at 2:12 p.m. Both occupants were unconscious when help arrived. They were both airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center for their injuries. The female passenger died from her injuries at about 10:30 p.m. Friday, Allen said. Witnesses to the accident or anyone with additional information may call the Department of Public Safety-Communications Center at (775) 687-0400. The fatal accident case number is NHP-0909250972. The case number for Sunday’s injury accident is NHP-0909270626. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, the NHP-Northern Command investigated 18 motorcycle-involved accidents. The weekend was Street Vibrations in Reno, which drew an estimated 25,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to Northern Nevada.

Weather may be factor in Cave Rock collision and Spooner Summit rollover

A collision near Cave Rock injured four people while those involved in a single-vehicle rollover on Spooner escaped injury Friday as winter weather began to roll into the area. A Carson City woman was cited for misdemeanor failure to show due care and no valid driver’s license following a one-car rollover accident Friday morning on Highway 50 near Spooner Summit. The accident occurred at 11:45 a.m. Friday on Highway 50 when a vehicle traveling west lost control, hit a curb and overturned before catching fire, according to Nevada Highway Patrol Sergeant Mark Clark. “The pavement was wet and she just lost control and hit the curb,” said Clark. The vehicle’s driver, Eva Estrada, 31, and the front passenger Karina Garcia, 24, were not injured in the accident. About 4:45 p.m. on Highway 50 near Cave Rock an eastbound SUV driven by Kia Hanna, 20, of South Lake Tahoe, spun out of control into the path of a pickup driven by Terri Reynolds, 44, of Quincy. The driver and two passengers in the pickup, Anna Martha, 65, and William Reynolds, 53, were all transported to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe with lacerations and fractures. William Reynolds was transported later to Washoe Medical Center with multiple injuries and remains in intensive care as of Sunday. Terri Reynolds and Anna Martha remain in stable condition at Barton Memorial Hospital. Hanna was treated and released. Alcohol or drugs and the weather may have contributed to the Cave Rock accident, which is under investigation, Clark said. Anyone who witnessed the accident or has any information is urged to call NHP at (775) 688-2830. – Tahoe Daily Tribune and Nevada Appeal

NHP seeking information on Saturday collision

The Nevada Highway Patrol is looking for witnesses of a two-vehicle accident at Highway 50 and Elks Point Road at 7:06 a.m. Saturday. The preliminary investigation details indicate that a white 2003 Ford pickup driven by Round Hill resident Douglas Rousse was traveling southbound on Elks Point Road and entered the intersection. A silver 2008 Subaru station wagon, driven by Kelsie Stewart of South Lake Tahoe, was traveling eastbound on Highway 50 and struck the left side of the Ford pickup. Tahoe Douglas medics transported Rousse to Barton Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Stewart and her passenger were evaluated and released on scene. It is currently unknown which driver had a green light. Witnesses to the event or anyone with additional information is asked to call the Nevada Highway Patrol at 775-687-0400 regarding case No. NHP 120706656. That was the second injury accident in two days at Lake Tahoe. A 49-year-old Carson City motorcyclist was hurt at Spooner Junction when her 2006 Harley Davidson struck a deer. The woman was thrown from the motorcycle.The rider was transported to Renown Medical Center by ground ambulance with incapacitating but non-life-threatening injuries. The woman’s identity has not been released.

South Lake Tahoe man arrested in high-speed chase that ended in Carson City

A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested Wednesday after Nevada Highway Patrol troopers forced him off the road to stop a high-speed chase heading into Carson City. A NHP trooper attempted to stop a blue Ford Expedition driven by the man on U.S. 50 west of Spooner Summit at about 7 a.m. He did not stop and sped down U.S. 50 toward the intersection with U.S. 395, according to NHP spokesman Dan Gordon. “The speeds reached dangerous levels and the driver’s actions were extremely dangerous to the public,” Gordon said. “Spike strips were deployed halfway down Spooner and several of the vehicles’ tires were punctured.” The driver ignored the flat tires and continued onto Carson Street, where Carson City Sheriff’s deputies joined the chase. The Expedition made it to downtown Carson City before an NHP sergeant decided to end the pursuit by forcing the man to stop. “Nevada Highway Patrol troopers forced the vehicle to crash to end the danger to the public,” Gordon said. “The pursuit ended at Carson Street at Proctor and the driver was taken into custody without further incident or injury to anyone involved.” Two NHP vehicles were damaged during the incident. The South Lake Tahoe man was placed under arrest and booked into Carson City jail on charges of eluding police, reckless driving, disregard traffic control devices, speeding, and driving without a valid license. He may also be charged with DUI, pending the test results, Gordon said. ORIGINAL POST: Chase that started on Spooner Summit near Tahoe ends in downtown Carson City A high-speed pursuit ended in a crash on Carson Street Tuesday after a suspect attempted to flee from Nevada Highway Patrol Troopers. The chase started on Spooner Summit after NHP attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect, described as a younger Hispanic male, then took off down Spooner and into Carson City. Carson City Sheriff’s deputies located the vehicle at the bottom of the summit and assisted NHP in the chase. Officials confirmed that a spike strip was utilized on Carson Street, however had little effect on the driver who continued on three flat tires. It was estimated that nearly half a dozen troopers were involved in the chase. Troopers stopped the vehicle at Carson and Telegraph Streets after ramming the suspect vehicle with a Department of Public Safety trooper vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody by Carson City deputies. Charges for the suspect are unknown. Witness accounts said the suspect may have told troopers that he didn’t stop because he didn’t feel that he had done anything wrong to get pulled over, however, motive has not been confirmed by officials. No injuries were reported in the chase from either the suspect or the trooper. Carson City Sheriff’s Office took over the investigation as per protocol. The suspect nor the trooper involved have been identified. Investigation is still pending and Carson Street from Musser to Proctor was closed for several hours. No other information has been made available.

Man dies in solo-vehicle crash

A single-vehicle rollover resulted in the death of an Oregon man and serious injuries to his passenger on Friday at 7:43 a.m on Highway 50 near the state line. The Jaws of Life were used to extricate the two occupants. The driver was declared dead at the scene and the woman passenger was airlifted to an area hospital. Larry Dean Wells, 71, was driving east on Highway 50 near Kahle Drive in Stateline when his blue Hyundai SUV-type sedan left the road for unknown reasons,. He struck a tree and the vehicle overturned. His passenger Roxane Jean Freeman, 68, also of Oregon was taken by air ambulance to Renown Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The roadway was reduced to one-lane traffic in the area of the crash on Friday morning. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP). The NHP asks anyone who was a witness or who has additional information to call dispatch at 775-687-0400 about case NHP-141000779.

One killed in crash near Zephyr Cove

A 24-year-old Lodi woman was killed and four people were injured following a Sunday crash near Zephyr Cove. About 3 p.m. troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol responded to reports of a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 50, according to a statement from the NHP. Preliminary investigation has found a white 2011 Toyota Corolla 4-door-sedan driven by Eduardo Vizcarra-Sicairos, 29, was traveling west in the inside lane of the highway when it skidded out of control across the double yellow-line and was struck by an eastbound 4-door Hyundai Elantra. Reyna Vizcarra, a passenger in the front seat of the Corolla and Vizcarra-Sicairos' wife, was killed by injuries sustained in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two emergency medical helicopters responded to transport victims. Four people were taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, according to the statement. The driver of the Elantra, 26-year-old Carson City resident Shanna White and one of her passengers, 21-year-old Carson City resident Kellie Kerklay, have been treated and released, according to the statement. NHP said Vizcarra-Sicairos and Katelyn Kraiprai, a 21-year-old Carson City resident who was also riding in the Elantra, remain hospitalized. The vehicles came to rest on their wheels following the crash and blocked much of the highway for several hours. All travel lanes were reopened about 7:40 p.m. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Heavy rain and hail were falling at the time of the crash and wet conditions may have contributed to the collision. Trooper Kris Satterwhite of the Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the crash. The NHP encourages anyone with information to contact him at 775-689-4682 or regarding case number NHP-130600878.

Zephyr Cove man reported dead in Sunday vehicle crash

On Sunday, July 10, at approximately 5:20 p.m., Nevada Highway Patrol troopers responded to a fatal vehicle crash approximately six miles north of the Nevada State Route 140/U.S. Route 95 junction in Northern Nevada, about 37 miles north of Winnemucca, Nevada. Jacob O'Malley, 27, Zephyr Cove, reportedly died in the crash along with Will Hawkins, 22, from Winnemucca, according to a KOLO-TV news report and an NHP news release. Another man was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Preliminary investigation indicates a Bureau of Land Management vehicle was traveling south on State Route 140 when it overturned due to tire failure. The vehicle was occupied by three BLM firefighters, who were returning from duty to Winnemucca. The driver and one passenger were pronounced dead at the scene and the third passenger was transported to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. NHP and local agencies escorted both deceased firefighters from Winnemucca to Reno on Monday.

Motorcyclist dies following March 22 Carson City accident

A motorcyclist whose passenger, Audrey Rugamas of South Lake Tahoe, died following a March 22 accident in Carson City, has died from his injuries, the Nevada Highway Patrol says. The NHP says Andrey Gallegos, 20, of Sparks, hospitalized with severe injuries, was taken off life support last Sunday. Rugamas, 21, was taken off life support on March 26. Carson City authorities said Gallegos had been spotted speeding multiple times prior to the accident. The motorcycle slammed at high speed into a pickup at Fairview Drive and Roop Street, a busy Carson City intersection.

Carson City woman suspected of DUI in fatal US 50 crash at Lake Tahoe

A 40-year-old Carson City resident is suspected of driving under the influence when she crashed head-on into a minivan on U.S. 50 near Cave Rock Monday, killing one of the six occupants, according to Nevada Highway Patrol. The Carson City woman was driving eastbound in a black 2015 Volkswagen Passat. She was traveling around a curve on U.S. 50 when she crossed over a double yellow line into westbound traffic. The Passat crashed head-on into a black 2017 Chrysler minivan that was traveling westbound. NHP was first notified of the crash at approximately 4:39 p.m. Monday. The right front passenger, Sranthon Bunnag, a 52-year-old woman visiting from Thailand, died as a result of her injuries. The five other occupants in the minivan were all transported to Barton Memorial Hospital via ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Passat, who was the only person in the vehicle, was transported to a Reno hospital by ambulance with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to NHP. The woman, who was not identified, will be booked into the Douglas County jail for DUI and other related charges once she is released from the hospital. Any witnesses or people with information regarding this collision are asked to contact trooper Jason Litchie of the Nevada Highway Patrol Multi-Disciplinary Investigation and Reconstruction Team (M.I.R.T.) at 775-687-9631 or FATAL UPDATE: ALL lanes open on US50/Cave Rock after fatal crash cleared. @DriveSafeNV @DouglasSheriff @CountyofDouglas @LakeTahoe_News — NHP Northern Command (@NHPNorthern) June 27, 2017 UPDATE: US50/Cave Rock (West of) still partially blocked. Traf being directed by @nevadadot traf getting by slowly — NHP Northern Command (@NHPNorthern) June 27, 2017 FATAL CRASH: US50 w of Cave Rock. 1 person died on scene. 1 lane open. Traf getting by slowly @DouglasSheriff @CountyofDouglas — NHP Northern Command (@NHPNorthern) June 27, 2017 FATAL CRASH: EB US50/Cave Rock. EB blocked. More info to come @nevadadot @SouthTahoeNow @LakeTahoe_News @DouglasSheriff @CountyofDouglas — NHP Northern Command (@NHPNorthern) June 27, 2017