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Highway accidents kill three

Gregory Crofton

Last week three men died and one was critically injured on Nevada roadways.

Thursday at 10:50 p.m. Michael Haggerty, 49, of Minden, was pronounced dead after his blue 1995 Honda Accord slammed into a wrought iron fence and a concrete column.

Nevada Highway Patrol said Haggerty was driving 90 mph in a 25 mph zone on South Sunridge Drive in Gardnerville when the wreck occurred.

Because of the high speed, Haggerty failed to steer through a curve in the road, crossed into the southbound lane and hit the column.

Saturday a 61-year-old man from Minden was found dead behind the wheel of white 1980 Toyota. The man, whose identification is being withheld by NHP until a family member is notified, was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 50 near Newman Drive when, around 9:30 a.m., his car drifted to the right and struck a curb and flattened both of his right side tires.

The Toyota came to rest blocking the eastbound lane, but citizens quickly rolled it off the highway, NHP said. Trooper Patrick McGill said the 61-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene most likely from natural causes.

The third fatal accident came Sunday afternoon on State Route 425 near Riverview Drive in Verdi.

Around 4:15 p.m. two Sparks men, who were not wearing seat belts, were inside a red Nissan 300 ZX when it rolled off the road.

Witnesses reportedly told NHP the Nissan was traveling eastbound but was in the westbound lane when the driver veered right to avoid a head-on collision. The driver, John Arthur, 31, then reportedly lost control of his car, rolled down an embankment and came to rest upside down on a large boulder.

John Charles Dunlap, 44, a passenger in the car, was taken by helicopter to Washoe Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Arthur is listed in critical condition with multiple injuries.

He has a warrant for his arrest out of Reno Justice Court for failure to comply with the court following a conviction for a second DUI.

NHP believe alcohol was a factor in this crash, but charges are pending the result of a blood alcohol test and review of the case by Washoe County District Attorney’s Office.

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