South Lake Tahoe crash victims identified
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A South Lake Tahoe woman died in a Monday morning car crash in the area of Pioneer Trail and Edna Street.
Aimee Campos, 21, of South Lake Tahoe was killed in the crash
South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD) officers and South Lake Tahoe Fire Department personnel responded to the scene of the crash at about 4:30 a.m., where they found a man, identified to the Tribune Tuesday as Wayne Walker, 25, laying in the roadway and two women in the car, one was the driver, according to a press release. The driver was identified as Olga Nayeli Peña Arce.
Campos was reportedly riding in the front seat of the Saturn sedan when the crash occurred.
Walker was believed to be a backseat passenger.
Campos was pronounced dead at the scene, the press release stated.
Peña Arce and Walker were flown via air ambulance to Reno area hospitals with injuries. SLTPD Sgt. Doug Sentell said Tuesday afternoon that Walker and Peña Arce were in stable condition. He was able to speak to one of the two, but could not discuss further details because of an ongoing investigation into the crash.
Early investigation reports suggested the sedan was traveling west on Pioneer Trail just east of Glenwood Drive, according to the press release. The vehicle appears to have lost control and slid off the roadway striking a retaining wall on the southwest corner of Edna Street and Pioneer Trail. High speed may have been a factor.
At the scene, skid marks indicated the vehicle veered right slightly, briefly coming into contact with the shoulder, then skidded left several dozen feet before striking the retaining wall.
Sentell said at the scene Monday morning he believed the car struck the low wall with the rear passenger-side tire before bouncing off and coming to rest facing west at the bottom of Edna Street.
The car appeared to have driven over a slightly elevated manhole off the roadway at the southeast corner of Edna Street and Pioneer Trail before striking the wall on the opposite side of Edna Street.
It’s unknown if alcohol was a factor, but it is being investigated, the press release stated. A small section of Pioneer Trail remained closed between the two intersections of April Drive and Pioneer Trail for several hours.