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NHP recommends involuntary manslaughter charge in Kingsbury-U.S. 50 fatal

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Nevada Highway Patrol investigators recommended a charge of involuntary manslaughter be filed against a man who killed a Stateline woman with a Ford sedan.

The fatal collision occurred in September after Bernard Schnipper, 72, of Glendale, Calif., drove through a red light at Kingsbury Grade and U.S. Highway 50. His four-door sedan T-boned a two-door Mitsubishi driven by 27-year-old Mariah Davenport.

Douglas County Deputy District Attorney Mark Jackson said the NHP recommendation does not mean Schnipper will be charged with a crime. Jackson requested further investigation into the case.

“I have reviewed the report and there is still some investigation we’re following up on,” he said. “A decision will be made once we get the results back from the follow-up investigation.”

The NHP report also recommended that Schnipper be booked for speeding and running a red light.

Schnipper’s car slammed into the driver’s side door of Davenport’s black Mitsubishi as she drove westbound in the left hand lane of Highway 50. She and her car were sent through a chain-link fence that lines Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Davenport was pronounced dead at the scene.

Schnipper and his wife Barbara, 66, both suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from Barton Memorial Hospital within days of the wreck.

NHP Trooper Roy Baughman said Schnipper told investigators his brakes failed before the wreck. NHP checked the brakes and did not find a problem, Baughman said.

Davenport lived at South Shore for six years and loved the outdoors. She left behind an 11-year-old son.

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