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South Shore woman critically injured in wreck

A motorcyclist and his passenger, a South Lake Tahoe woman, were critically injured Saturday night when their motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in Carson City, according to Nevada Highway Patrol. Audrey G. Rugamas, 21, of South Lake Tahoe, was a passenger on a 2007 maroon and gold Suzuki motorcycle driven by Andrey L. Gallegos, 20, of Sparks. Both were thrown from the motorcycle. According to the NHP, the motorcycle was traveling southbound on Roop Street and approaching the intersection with Fairview where it collided with a Chevy Silverado pickup truck traveling westbound on Fairview. Rugamas and Gallegos were flown to Renown Medical Center in Reno in critical condition. The driver of the pickup truck, Donald T. McKean, 60, Gardnerville, was not injured in the accident. NHP Trooper Dave Gibson said Monday there was a report of a speeding motorcycle with two riders in the area at about the time of the accident, shortly before the accident, but he added there's no confirmation that it was the motorcycle involved in the accident. The NHP has asked whether any individual or business in the vicinity of the accident may have captured video or witnessed a motorcycle with two riders wearing dark jackets and dark helmets and driving at a high rate of speed at roughly 10 p.m. on Saturday. Any witnesses are encouraged to contact Trooper Chris Kelly at 775-689-4661 or by email at ckelly@dps.state.nv.us. The incident is case number NHP-140301796.

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.

Woman in Saturday crash in Carson City dies from injuries

A South Lake Tahoe woman who was a passenger on a speeding motorcycle that crashed into a pickup Saturday night in Carson City has died of her injuries, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. Audrey G. Rugamas, 21, and motorcycle driver Andrey L. Gallegos, 20, of Sparks were hospitalized in critical condition at Renown Regional Medical Center after the high-speed crash at Fairview Drive and Roop Street, a busy Carson City intersection. Rugamas was taken off life support on Wednesday, the NHP said. Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong has said Gallegos, who remains in critical condition, was spotted speeding multiple times Saturday night. Both Rugamas and Gallegos were thrown from the motorcycle, which was totally demolished in the accident. The driver of the pickup, Donald McKean, 60, of Gardnerville, was not hurt. Trooper Chris Kelly of the NHP Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating. Anyone with video or information is asked to call NHP at 775-689-4661.

Motorcyclist killed in Spooner grade accident

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A Minden man was killed in a motorcycle accident on Highway 50 on Saturday just east of the Carson-Douglas line. Edwin Bruno-Mazariego, 25, was riding a green Kawasaki ZX600P motorcycle eastbound on the highway at about 2:19 p.m. Saturday. Bruno-Mazariego failed to negotiate a left-hand curve and left the travel lane striking the guardrail. Trooper Chuck Allen said Bruno-Mazariego was thrown from the motorcycle and received fatal injuries in the accident. Highway 50’s speed limit is 50 mph. Bruno-Mazariego was wearing safety gear including gloves and a helmet. The Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the crash. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Trooper Mike Stapledon at (775) 689-4623 regarding case No. NHP-1109-11124.

Two people killed in separate Labor Day motorcycle crashes near Tahoe

LAKE TAHOE — Two people were killed in a pair of motorcycle-related crashes on Nevada highways near Lake Tahoe on Labor Day, regional law enforcement officials said.According to a Tuesday press release from Nevada Highway Patrol, troopers were dispatched to a collision at about 3:13 p.m. Monday to U.S. Highway 50 near Logans Creek Drive on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore.A 2004 Red Harley-Davidson occupied by two was traveling eastbound on the highway near Glenbrook when, for unknown reasons, it failed to negotiate a bend in the road, exited onto the dirt shoulder and collided with a culvert warning sign before coming to rest.The passenger, Jennifer Lyrea Leonard, 50, of South Lake Tahoe, was ejected from the motorcycle and died at the scene. The driver, Charles Gilbert Leonard, 53, of South Lake Tahoe was air transported via Calstar to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. The extent of his injuries are unknown.Charles Leonard is the president and coach of Pop Warner football in South Lake Tahoe, according to Coach Carl Logrecco, founder of eFit & Sports. Logrecco said Leonard asked that he help the Pop Warner coaching staff of the team Leonard coaches until he returns.Minutes later, NHP troopers were dispatched to a collision involving a motorcycle and a motor home on Highway 431, west of Sky Tavern.According to NHP, a 2006 Yamaha motorcycle occupied by Patrick M. Zielke, 66, of Fallon, was traveling eastbound at about 3:25 p.m. on the highway just north of Lake Tahoe. For unknown reasons, the Yamaha crossed the double-yellow center line on the two-lane Mount Rose Highway and collided head-on with a 1985 Ford motorhome occupied by Michael Lee, 38, of Anchorage, Alaska, who was traveling westbound.Zielke died in the incident, while Lee was uninjured. Trooper Doug Hildebrand of the Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the Highway 50 incident. Witnesses or anyone with information can contact him at 775-721-9034 regarding case number 120903281.NHP Sgt. Farmer of the Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the Mount Rose incident. Contact him at 775-315-1561 regarding case number 120903297.

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.

Benefit set for motorcycle crash victim

Friends and family of a 44-year-old Gardnerville woman injured in a motorcycle crash earlier this month on the lake side of Kingsbury Grade have planned a benefit dinner and auction next month. Family members said they hope Kathy Bluethman is out of the intensive-care unit at Renown Medical Center in Reno soon. “She’s better,” said her mother, Valeria Breidenbach Naify of South Lake Tahoe. “She’s progressed a lot in the last five days. She’s walked with a walker. Her memory’s not back yet, but she’s eating solid food and sitting up in a chair for a couple of hours. We’re very hopeful.” A South Tahoe High School graduate, Bluethman is a substitute teacher in Douglas County and was an STHS teacher and track coach for 12 years. Naify said her daughter was on her way to a physical fitness class at Lake Tahoe Community College when she was involved in the crash. Because she doesn’t have health insurance, her medical bills are mounting, said family friend and neighbor Gail Taylor of Gardnerville. So Taylor and others are organizing a benefit dinner and auction at Genoa Lakes Golf Club, where Bluethman also worked. The fundraiser will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 15. There will be dancing, live music, a raffle, auction and prizes. Tickets are $25, with all proceeds to benefit Bluethman. For more information, call Taylor at (775) 586-4544 or e-mail maries@genoalakes.com. Also, the Kathy Bluethman Medical Fund at Bank of America has been established for donations. “We’re all very grateful for all of the heartfelt support in the community and ask you for continued prayers,” Taylor said. Taylor said she’s bringing Bluethman the first cards and letters of support that have been mailed for her. Anyone wishing to send Bluethman a card may do so care of Minding Your Business, P.O. Box 114, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448. The July 2 crash happened near Juniper Drive on a sharp curve as Bluethman was westbound on Kingsbury Grade. Another vehicle, described as a white pickup, was in the eastbound lane and made a left-hand turn onto Juniper in front of the motorcyclist, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. Bluethman locked her brakes to avoid a collision and was ejected from the motorcycle, according to the NHP. She was wearing a helmet. A motorist traveling behind Bluethman saw the crash. The driver of the pickup did not stop to help and has not been located. NHP requests that accident witnesses contact them regarding the case, which is under investigation. Call (775) 688-2500.

Woman in critical condition following Kingsbury motorcycle accident

A Gardnerville woman is in critical condition today after crashing her motorcycle on the lake side of Kingsbury Grade, authorities said. The accident happened near Juniper Drive on a sharp curve at about 7:55 a.m. The 44-year-old motorcyclist was westbound on Kingsbury Grade, said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Todd Hartline. Another vehicle, described as a white pickup, was in the eastbound lane and made a left-hand turn onto Juniper in front of the motorcyclist, Hartline said. The woman locked her brakes to avoid collision and was ejected from the motorcycle, he said. She was wearing a helmet and was transported by Care Flight helicopter to Renown Medical Center in Reno. An eyewitness, who was traveling behind the motorcyclist, saw the accident. The driver of the white pickup who made the turn has not been located and did not stop to help. NHP is asking for any witnesses to the accident to contact them regarding the case, which is under investigation. Call (775) 688-2500.

Six injured in motorcycle crashes

A Vacaville, Calif., man and his girlfriend were injured in a motorcycle accident one mile east of Spooner Summit on Friday afternoon. Each was taken by helicopter to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. Traffic was backed up for several miles for about 45 minutes, until both eastbound lanes reopened. This accident was the fourth in the region involving a motorcycle within an hour starting at 1:20 p.m. Thousands of motorcyclists are in the area for the Street Vibrations motorcycle festival in Reno this weekend. Motorcycle accidents were reported just west of Spooner Summit, one mile east of the Summit, on Geiger Grade near the lookout, and on Griners Bend at the south end of Virginia City. Six people in all were taken to the hospital, with the victims in the east Spooner Summit accident being the most seriously injured.

Woman hurt in motorcycle crash

A Gardnerville woman was in critical condition Wednesday after crashing her motorcycle on the lake side of Kingsbury Grade, authorities said. The crash happened near Juniper Drive on a sharp curve at about 7:55 a.m. The 44-year-old motorcyclist was westbound on Kingsbury Grade, said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Todd Hartline. Another vehicle, described as a white pickup, was in the eastbound lane and made a left-hand turn onto Juniper in front of the motorcyclist, Hartline said. The woman locked her brakes to avoid a collision and was ejected from the motorcycle, he said. She was wearing a helmet and was transported by Care Flight helicopter to Renown Medical Center in Reno. An eyewitness who was traveling behind the motorcyclist saw the accident. The driver of the white pickup who made the turn has not been located and did not stop to help. NHP requests that accident witnesses contact them regarding the case, which is under investigation. Call (775) 688-2500.