Accident victim is identified |

Accident victim is identified

William Ferchland

Kimberly White, a 41-year-old South Bay woman who worked for Apple Computer, was identified as the lone fatality in a head-on collision that occurred last week.

White’s sister, Jennifer Urbanski, a 39-year-old from Oceanside, suffered internal injuries and was sent to Washoe Medical Center in Reno.

The family said the sisters were camping with Urbanski’s family in Tahoe.

White was driving a 1985 Mercedes when it was struck by a 1993 Ford F250 along the two-lane Highway 89 Thursday afternoon. The Ford ended up on top the Mercedes’ left-front side, demolishing the hood and crushing White.

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The truck was driven by Tracy Rippetoe, 40, from South Lake Tahoe. He suffered a cut lip and bloody nose.

The investigation into the crash will take about a week, which is the norm for accidents involving deaths. California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Gwaltney was at the crash site Friday taking more pictures.

“No stone will go unturned,” he said.

White, unmarried and without children, had a strong network of family and friends, evidenced by the inquiring e-mails the Tahoe Daily Tribune received the day after her death.

“She enjoyed spending time with people of all ages and had a great personality – you felt like you’d known her a lifetime,” wrote Linda Miller, White’s half-sister.

Friend Mike Lane had similar words.

“She was a very energetic and bubbly personality who left a great impression on everyone she met,” he stated. “She was going to turn 42 next month.”

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact Officer Gwaltney or Officer Tim Breza at (530) 577-1001.

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