Survivor in fatal accident speaks
The man believed to cause a four-car accident last weekend that killed one person and put two others in the hospital has been arrested. And the Carson City resident who walked away from the wreck with no injuries considers himself very lucky.
“It was an act of God,” said David Valli. “(The Nevada Highway Patrol troopers on the scene) said, ‘You had to have an angel on your side to survive that crash.’ The $1,000 to $2,000 damage on my car – I’ll take that any day.”
Valli was driving southbound on U.S. Highway 50 near Cave Rock Saturday when a Toyota pickup truck heading north veered across the center divide. The truck ended up striking Valli’s car and two others, killing South Lake Tahoe resident Marcos Guiterrez, 23.
Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Tony Almaraz said Tuesday that the driver of the truck, Jubal Sherman, 26, of Carnelian Bay, has been arrested under suspicion of felony driving under the influence of alcohol.
Valli, 23, said he was driving in the slow lane. A white Chevrolet van was in the fast lane in front of him and Guiterrez’s Pontiac sedan was behind him. When the truck swerved, it struck the white van, which flipped through the air away from Valli. Then the truck “ricocheted” around his car, colliding head on with the Pontiac sedan behind him.
“I don’t know how NHP will recreate the event, but that Toyota truck went around my car. On any other day, using the laws of physics, my funeral would be announced in the Nevada Appeal right now,” Valli said. “I’m very lucky. I’m very shook up.”
The other people in the accident – Sherman, the van’s driver Edwin Powers, 61, of Carson City, and Guiterrez’s passenger Ysidro Martinez, 28 – were treated at Barton Memorial Hospital. Their injuries were not disclosed, but a Barton spokeswoman said Tuesday that they all were released by March 22. Guiterrez was pronounced dead on the scene.
“I feel sorry for the other people involved,” Valli said. “It’s something that will haunt me for a long time.”
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