South Lake Tahoe man dies in Dayton car crash
DAYTON, Nev. — A South Lake Tahoe man died in a vehicle crash early Friday.
Nevada Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched to a serious injury crash on U.S. 50 near the intersection of Fortune Drive in Dayton at 4:20 a.m.
A preliminary investigation, according to NHP, shows a red 2000 Audi S4 sedan was traveling westbound on U.S. 50 east of Fortune Drive at a high rate of speed.
The driver of the Audi lost control and drove onto the raised concrete center median, striking a reflective sign and several marker posts, according to NHP. The Audi rotated and slid broadside across both westbound travel lanes.
The vehicle struck several items on the outside shoulder including a utility pole.
The impact caused the rear portion of the Audi to become wrapped around a utility pole and the front portion to separate, which came to rest on the outside shoulder facing east.
Both occupants of the vehicle were ejected from the vehicle upon impact, according to NHP.
The driver of the Audi, 28-year-old Juan Jesus Orozco of South Lake Tahoe, died at the scene.
The adult male passenger was transported via CareFlight to Renown Medical Center with life threatening injuries. As of Friday afternoon he remained in critical condition.
Impairment is suspected in the crash, according to NHP.
The highway patrol is seeking additional witnesses to this crash.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or has additional information should contact NHP trooper Max Davis at 775-687-9618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.