Crash victim in ‘serious’ condition |

Crash victim in ‘serious’ condition

William Ferchland

A 28-year-old man who sustained major head injuries in a crash along Highway 89 south of Camp Richardson was listed in serious condition Tuesday at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, authorities said.

Ismael Ochoa, whose hometown was unlisted in California Highway Patrol reports, was a passenger in a 1994 Chevy flatbed truck that was hauling drywall and towing a utility trailer when it hit three trees on Monday, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

Calstar flew Ochoa to Washoe Medical Center.

The driver, 18-year-old Jesus Alberto Beltran, from Richmond, was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital for moderate injuries. He was treated and released.

CHP officers said the truck was traveling at 35 mph when it ran off the highway’s edge and collided with the trees. Sacks of drywall compound broke open on impact and covered both lanes of the highway for 50 yards, the officer said.

In a separate incident, South Lake Tahoe police responded to a report of a gun being pulled on someone at the Yellow Cab Company on Monday night near the Tahoe Keys area. No gun was found.

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