Man dies in hospital after church accident |

Man dies in hospital after church accident

Bradley Foster

Leo Valdez, an 82-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident, died last week, 16 days after being hit by a car outside St. Theresa Catholic Church.

He was not released, as was originally reported Monday, Feb. 7 in the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

A nursing supervisor at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, where Valdez had undergone treatment, mistakenly said he had improved and been released.

Valdez died Feb. 2 after succumbing to a heart condition exacerbated by multiple skull fractures, and other injuries, sustained on Jan. 16 when he was run over by a truck.

“This was an 82-year-old man with extensive pre-existing (heart) disease, and the trauma obviously aggravated his condition,” said Washoe County Coroner Vernon McCarty.

The coroner’s office determined the death was accidental. Last week Sgt. Steve O’Brien of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department said there would be no criminal investigation into the incident.

Valdez was walking on Lyons Avenue when he slipped on the icy road and fell behind the truck at St. Theresa Catholic Church.

The Tribune apologizes for any confusion the incorrect article may have caused and regrets any pain it may have inflicted on the family of Mr. Valdez.

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