Accident victim released from Washoe Medical |

Accident victim released from Washoe Medical

by Timothy Bowman

One of the persons involved in a traffic collision that claimed the life of a woman April 5, has been released from Washoe Medical Center.

Thart Lee, 54, from Morden, England, was taken to Washoe by Care Flight from the scene of the accident at the intersection of Wildwood Avenue and Saddle Road. He was released April 13.

Diana Kang, 54, of New South Wales, Australia was taken to Barton immediately following the accident. After a primary assessment at Barton, doctors determined that she needed to be transported to Washoe. Kang remains in serious condition at Washoe.

Kang and Lee were passengers in a 2001 Jeep Cherokee that ran a stop sign and was struck by a Heavenly shuttle bus. There were four people in the Cherokee at the time of the collision.

Lain Peng Lee, 49, from Morden, England was pronounced dead at the scene. She suffered severe chest trauma in the accident.

The driver of the Cherokee, Raymann Kang, 54, also of New South Wales, Australia, was treated at Barton and released.

The Kangs and the Lees, two married couples, were vacationing at Lake Tahoe when the Cherokee failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Wildwood and Saddle. The men were in the front seats and the women were in the back seats when the Heavenly bus struck the Cherokee on the passenger side. Lain Peng Lee was seated in the right back rear seat of the Cherokee.

The driver of the Heavenly bus, George Bergman, 58, of South Lake Tahoe, suffered minor injuries, and was treated and released from Barton. There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the collision.

It is still uncertain whether charges will be filed in the in the case.

“That case will be referred to the district attorney’s office for review and they will determine if, in fact, any criminal charges be filed against Mr. Kang,” said Sgt. Steve O’Brien of the South Tahoe Police Department. “At the present time we haven’t got all the reports in so it has not yet been sent over. Once we compile all the reports and the investigation is complete then we’ll send it for review over to the district attorney’s office.”

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