Condition upgraded on accident victim |

Condition upgraded on accident victim

by Gregory Crofton

The condition of two people involved in a collision that killed a woman Thursday at the intersection of Wildwood Avenue and Saddle Road has improved.

Diana Kang, 54, of New South Wales, Australia, who had to be revived several times because of her injuries, remains in serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit at Washoe Medical Center.

Thart Kok Lee, also 54, from Morden, England, has had his condition downgraded and is expected to be released from Washoe in a few days.

Lee and Kang were passengers in a 2001 silver Jeep Cherokee that was crushed and sent off the road into the woods by a northbound Heavenly Ski Resort shuttle bus around 10 a.m.

The impact left one passenger, Lain Peng Lee, a 49-year-old woman from, Morden, England, dead at the scene from blunt force trauma to her chest. She was seated in the right rear of the Cherokee.

The Lees and the Kangs, two married couples vacationing at Lake Tahoe, were passengers in the Cherokee when it failed to stop at a stop sign headed east on Saddle Road, police said. The two women were in the backseat and the two men were in the front.

The driver of the Cherokee, Raymann Kang, 54, of New South Wales, Australia, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Barton Memorial Hospital.

The shuttle bus driver, George Bergman, 58, of South Lake Tahoe, who was driving an empty bus from Heavenly’s California Lodge, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Barton Memorial Hospital.

Police said they have not cited Raymann for a traffic violation but that their investigation is ongoing.

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