City resident hit while installing chains |

City resident hit while installing chains

Gregory Crofton

Tire chains soaked in bloody snow on Al Tahoe Boulevard on a freezing, late Monday afternoon.

Trying to install those chains on his truck, Daniel Vigil, a 52-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, died after being crushed between his Ford Ranger and a northbound Chevrolet pickup.

The vehicles were found on the northbound side of an icy ridge, 100 yards south of Murietta Drive. The Ranger was still idling as the scene was cleared.

The Chevrolet, driven by a teen-age girl, came from Pioneer Trail over the ridge, hitting Vigil, whose vehicle was stuck in snow.

Paramedics performed CPR on the man for several minutes before they transferred him to Barton Memorial Hospital at 5:15 p.m. He was pronounced dead minutes later.

Uninjured but in tears, the girl who had been driving the Chevrolet sat shaking in the front passenger seat of a patrol car.

Police shut down Al Tahoe at 4:45 p.m. The road was closed from Johnson Boulevard to Pioneer Trail for several hours while the accident was investigated by a traffic collision expert.

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