Zephyr Cove man dies in Spooner wreck
September 20, 2005
A 49-year-old Zephyr Cove man died Monday in a single-car rollover on Spooner Summit.
The man, Mark Scott Griffin, was traveling in the eastbound lane of Highway 50 when he approached a left-hand curve. Griffin was driving too fast to negotiate the curve, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
Griffin crossed the lanes and went onto the paved shoulder. The right front of the vehicle struck the metal guardrail and flipped over it down a dirt embankment. It overturned several times.
Griffin was ejected as the vehicle rolled to a stop some 400 feet from the guardrail.
“Speeding appears to be the primary contributing factor to the accident,” an NHP officer said. Griffin was not wearing a seatbelt. It is not known if alcohol played a role.
A homeowner on Clear Creek Road discovered the wreckage about 9:30 p.m. when he went to investigate the noise, according to Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong.
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The vehicle, believed to be a 1971 Dodge Challenger, was a convertible, but it’s unclear if the top was up or down when the accident happened.
A trooper on scene estimated the man’s speed in excess of 80 mph.
Griffin, who was driving alone, died at the scene, the NHP said.
NHP is continuing to investigate the accident and is asking any witnesses to call them at (775) 688-2500.