Man arraigned in fatal accident
Marcos Guiterrez cashed his paycheck and made the final payment on a 1986 Pontiac Sunbird. He left the title and bill of sale at home in South Lake Tahoe and left with a friend for Carson City. The next day the car became his coffin.
On Monday, a Carnelian Bay man was arraigned on 12 felony charges in connection with the March 20 accident that killed Guiterrez, 23, and injured two others. According to investigators, Jubal Sherman’s blood alcohol level was .23 when he drove his pickup across the center line, striking a van and then continuing on to crush the driver’s side of Guiterrez’s gold Sunbird. The accident occurred at 6:25 a.m. at the Lakeridge curve on U.S. Highway 50 near Cave Rock.
Sherman, 26, was traveling east when his 1999 Toyota Tacoma drifted across the center divider into the westbound lanes. The impact with the van rolled the vehicle onto its side, where it slid for a considerable distance before righting itself. The driver of the van, Edwin Powers, 61, of Carson City, suffered a broken neck, Nevada Highway Patrol investigators said. The van was pushed into David Valli’s car, but the Carson City man was not injured and his car sustained only minor damage.
Guiterrez, a prep cook on the M.S. Dixie II, was pronounced dead at the scene. His friend and passenger, Ysidro Martinez, 28, was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital with a broken right shoulder and numerous cuts and bruises. Sherman, who paramedics said was combative at the scene, also was transported to Barton for numerous cuts and bruises.
A preliminary hearing on the case was set for June 16.
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