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Person sought after rollover wreck on U.S. 50

Authorities are looking for a person believed to have run away from the scene of an accident after a car flipped over on U.S. 50 near Echo Summit on Tuesday evening. The single-car wreck was reported at about 6:45 p.m. The wreck clogged traffic on the narrow two-lane highway west of South Lake Tahoe until authorities could drag the overturned car out of the roadway. A person was spotted running away from the wreck and down a steep embankment on the side of the highway. California Highway Patrol had command of the scene and was helping search for the person. No description was available.

Man crashes, dies while fleeing police

A wreck on U.S. Highway 89 between Tahoe City and Alpine Meadows left one person dead and two seriously injured Sunday around 5:15 p.m., Placer County Sheriff’s Department reported. Jeremy Joseph Nevin, a 24-year-old from Mountain View California who was suspected of drunk driving near Commons Beach in Tahoe City, fled from California Highway Patrol bicycle officers and attempted to run them over. Nevin drove northbound on U.S. Highway 89 at a high rate of speed until he hit a car head on. A husband and wife in the car Nevin hit had to be careflighted to Washoe Medical Center with one in critical condition, the other in serious condition. CHP bicycle officers at the scene of the wreck identified Nevin, who was found dead at the scene, as the man who tried to run them over. Law enforcement officers closed U.S. Highway 89 for more than two hours to investigate and clear the scene, Placer County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Remains found near Echo Summit

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is hoping to identify the remains of a person who was found near Johnson Pass Road Friday. The Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible car crash about 2 p.m., said Detective Matt Harwood. When authorities arrived they found a wrecked car below U.S. Highway 50 near Old Meyers Grade. Human remains were found nearby, Harwood said. Harwood said he hopes to confirm the identity of the body Thursday. Dental work will be used to identify the remains Harwood said. The California Highway Patrol told the Sacramento Bee that it has received no reports of a collision at the site, and it is unknown when the vehicle went off the embankment. The car was registered to an Elk Grove man in his mid-40s who has been missing since May, according to the paper.

Collision near Strawberry kills woman

A head-on collision Saturday night left a 23-year-old El Dorado Hills woman dead and a man seriously injured at U.S. Highway 50 just west of Sciot Camp. Alcohol is believed to be involved in the wreck, said the California Highway Patrol. Joshua Dowell, 23, of Magalia, Calif., was driving eastbound at 9:10 p.m. in a 1994 green Subaru Impreza when he tried to pass a car on a double-yellow line, CHP said. He hit the woman’s blue 1998 Honda Civic at a high rate of speed killing her instantly. Dowell was transported by helicopter to Sutter-Roseville Medical Center with major injuries. On Sunday, Dowell was out of the Intensive Care Unit listed in stable condition. CHP said it had a patrol unit headed for Dowell’s car before the wreck because drivers on Highway 50 called and reported that he was speeding and passing cars illegally. California Highway Patrol did not release the name of the 23-year-old woman pending notification of her family. Dowell and the woman were wearing seat belts during the crash.

Collision near Strawberry kills woman

A head-on collision Saturday night left a 23-year-old El Dorado Hills woman dead and a man seriously injured at U.S. Highway 50 just west of Sciot Camp. Alcohol is believed to be involved in the wreck, said the California Highway Patrol. Joshua Dowell, 23, of Magalia, Calif., was driving eastbound at 9:10 p.m. in a 1994 green Subaru Impreza when he tried to pass a car on a double-yellow line, CHP said. He hit the woman’s blue 1998 Honda Civic at a high rate of speed killing her instantly. Dowell was transported by helicopter to Sutter-Roseville Medical Center with major injuries. On Sunday, Dowell was out of the Intensive Care Unit listed in stable condition. CHP said it had a patrol unit headed for Dowell’s car before the wreck because drivers on Highway 50 called and reported that he was speeding and passing cars illegally. California Highway Patrol did not release the name of the 23-year-old woman pending notification of her family. Dowell and the woman were wearing seat belts during the crash.

Kingsbury intersection the most dangerous in Douglas County

The intersection at Kingsbury Grade and Highway 50 produced more car crashes in the last three years than any other in Douglas County, according to statistics provided by the Nevada Department of Transportation. From November 1998 to October 2001, 34 wrecks occurred at the intersection. One of the accidents, which occurred Sept. 12, killed Mariah Davenport, a 27-year-old woman from Stateline. The other wrecks resulted in 18 injuries. Second-most prone for accidents was the intersection at U.S. Highway 395 and Mica Drive, which is on a long, rural stretch between Carson City and Minden. It produced 29 wrecks, 22 of which caused injuries but no fatalities. The accident that killed Davenport is still under investigation, said Douglas County District Attorney Scott Doyle. The driver’s side door of her two-door Mitsubishi was rammed around 5 p.m. as she headed west on Highway 50. Her car was thrust off the road, sent through a chain link fence and onto Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. She died of heart failure at the scene. Bernard Schnipper, 72, of Glendale, Calif., hit Davenport after he drove through a red light at the bottom of Kingsbury. An investigation by the Nevada Highway Patrol recommended that Schnipper be charged with involuntary manslaughter. Schnipper told investigators failed brakes caused him to run the light. NHP mechanics inspected the car and did not find any problems with its brakes. Doyle said another inspection of Schipper’s car must be completed before he determines whether he will file charges. Lt. Steven Orr, head of patrol at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, said deputies already pay close attention to the enforcement of traffic laws at the intersection. He said drivers who race to get through yellow lights may be part of the problem. “It’s not just isolated to that area,” Orr said. “It’s a national trend. People with busy lives are not planning far enough ahead. It just seems like any time of day people are trying to make the last second of a yellow light.”

Pollock Pine man upgraded after accident

The condition of a man from Pollock Pines, Calif., who was seriously injured in a car wreck Monday has been upgraded from critical to serious. The head-on collision occurred around 8:30 a.m. on U. S. Highway 50 just west of Sierra-at-Tahoe Road. Samuel Wrzesinski, the 31-year-old injured in the wreck, was driving east in a 1985 Ford LTD when he allegedly crossed the center line and struck a 1995 Ford van. A Careflight helicopter flew Wrzesinski to Washoe Medical Center with a broken leg and a head injury around 9:45 a.m. Paramedics took Dorothy Mason, the 59-year-old from Topaz, Calif., driving the van, to Barton Memorial Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released. Witnesses reportedly told a California Highway Patrol officer that Wrzesinski’s car was weaving in and out of his lane before the wreck occurred. The Ford LTD was going 55 mph when it hit the van, CHP said. Lake Valley firefighters responded and had to cut Wrzesinki out of his car. Battalion Chief Brian Eakin said both vehicles were totaled and both passengers were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, but an air bag deployed in the van. A CHP officer cited Wrzesinski for drunken driving because he reportedly smelled of alcohol. Both lanes of U. S. Highway 50 had to be closed for 20 minutes when the Careflight helicopter landed at the scene.

Accident clogs Highway 50 traffic

It only takes one driving mistake to clog traffic out of South Lake Tahoe on a Sunday. An accident at 3:25 p.m. in Kyburz narrowed U.S. Highway 50 to one lane for more than two hours while an elderly man was airlifted and two pickup trucks were cleared from the scene. The driver of the first eastbound truck was stopped while waiting to make a left turn onto Kyburz Road. He was rear-ended by a truck driven by Robert Shorrock, 81 of Shingle Springs. Both trucks went about 15 feet down an embankment above the American River. Shorrock was taken to Sutter Roseville Hospital with a concussion and broken ribs. The accident is being investigated, said California Highway Patrol Officer Doug Lane, who then responded to another wreck. A tanker truck and a sedan collided at 5:40 p.m. going east on U.S. Highway 50 near Bass Lake Road. No one was injured in the wreck, but it did produce a traffic jam to the South Shore for about a half-hour. “It was really a nothing crash,” Lane said. “A car ran off the road and hit the side of an empty tanker truck. But cars were stopped everywhere.” A tow truck had to be called to the scene. Damage to both vehicles was moderate, CHP said.

Cars collide on Spooner

A two-car collision late Saturday night at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and State Route 28 left a Walnut Creek man seriously injured. David Zabarte, 25, had to be cut from a green 1995 Mitsubishi pickup and airlifted by helicopter to Washoe Medical Center with a broken leg, several fractured ribs and a snapped collar bone. Sunday the hospital listed Zabarte in serious but stable condition. Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Patrick McGill said Zabarte failed to yield to a 1997 black GMC Yukon driven by a 47-year-old from Agoura Hills, Calif. McGill said the 25-year-old will be cited for the violation. The Yukon, headed westbound on Highway 50 around 11 p.m., collided with the driver’s side of the pickup. Zabarte was attempting to turn east toward Carson City. A 26-year-old woman from Palo Alto, Calif. in the pickup’s passenger seat was treated at Barton Memorial Hospital for pain in her hip. The Agoura Hills man was treated for a chest injury and released . McGill said each person involved in the wreck was wearing a seat belt.

DUI arrest after crash near lake

A South Lake Tahoe woman was in serious condition at Washoe Medical Center on Sunday after an early morning car crash at Highway 50 and Rufus Allen Boulevard. Sommer Garver, 18, was one of two passengers in a two-door white 1999 Mercury Cougar that drove through a fence off Highway 50 east of El Dorado Beach at 2:19 a.m. The driver, Jacob Robinson, 21, of South Lake Tahoe, left the road and hit a pine tree alongside the westbound lane. The impact flipped the Cougar and forced it through the top rail of a wooden fence that separates a bike path from the shore of Lake Tahoe. The car came to rest upside down on boulders, wedged between the fence and a grove of pine trees. South Lake Tahoe firefighters stabilized the car with a chain, air bags and blocks of wood. Robinson got out of the Cougar without help but later complained of back pain and was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital. Rescue workers pulled the two passengers, Garver and Jillian Guy, 20, of Meyers, from the car after they ripped it open in two places using Jaws of Life. A medical helicopter landed on Highway 50 and transported both women to Washoe. Guy lost a finger on her left hand, but the hospital listed her in good condition Sunday afternoon. Robinson was not wearing a seat belt in the wreck, but Garver and Guy did wear safety restraints. Police ticketed Robinson for felony DUI after he was treated and released from Barton. South Lake Tahoe Fire Department had three engines and two ambulances at the scene. Lake Valley and Tahoe-Douglas fire protection districts each provided an ambulance. Firefighters cleared the wreck with the help of a tow truck just before 4 a.m. “Due to the arrangement of the rocks they had to move the patients to the beach and then up to medical help,” said South Lake Tahoe fire Capt. Brad Piazzo. “That took quite a bit of manpower.”