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July 31, 2013
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Driver suffers medical emergency, crashes into six parked vehicles in Tahoe Keys

A driver crashed into six parked vehicles in the Tahoe Keys Wednesday morning after suffering a medical emergency, police said.

Officers responded to the intersection of Emerald Avenue and Garmish Court about 9:25 a.m. to investigate a report of a van that collided with several parked vehicles, according to a South Lake Tahoe Police Department release. Officers discovered the 67-year-old driver of a white Chem-Dry Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning services van from Gardnerville, Nev., was stopped in the area. He was semi-conscious and still behind the wheel and appeared to be suffering a medical emergency, but did not appear to have been injured as a result of the collisions, police said.

Officers determined that the driver had sideswiped six parked vehicles; three on Kokanee Avenue and three others on Emerald Avenue after he had turned a corner at the intersection. The parked cars sustained minor damage in the low-speed collisions.

Medical personnel responded and transported the driver to Barton Memorial Hospital, where CalStar then flew him to the Renown medical center in Reno for treatment.

The driver will not be charged in violation of a vehicle code offense because the event was precipitated by a medical emergency over which the driver had no control, police stated.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 31, 2013 12:31PM Published Aug 2, 2013 08:08PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.