Hurwitz, two teammates walk away from wreck
Sighs of relief reverberated throughout the South Shore on Tuesday after South Tahoe High track star Jake Hurwitz and two passengers survived a rollover accident near Sawmill Pond.
Hurwitz, the defending Northern Nevada 4A zone 100-meter dash champion, and two other Vikings track team members were released from Barton Memorial Hospital with minor injuries following the afternoon accident on Lake Tahoe Boulevard.
“It’s one of those things that I can’t find in the parent manual,” said Jerry Hurwitz, Jake’s father. “We’re so lucky they’re alive.”
Hurwitz and freshman sprinter Courtney Carroll were released after being transported to Barton. Hurwitz suffered a large lump and bruises near his right eye, while Carroll needed three stitches to close a finger wound.
Freshman high jumper Cindy Davis, however, suffered a large gash on her right leg that needed an unspecified number of stitches to close. She was released from Barton early Tuesday evening.
“I’m just happy they’re all alive,” said STHS coach Rick Brown. “I’m just so thankful all three kids were able to walk away from that accident.”
The accident occurred while Hurwitz was proceeding home from school on Lake Tahoe Boulevard. The STHS junior said he steered his Toyota pickup toward the shoulder of the road when he noticed another vehicle parallel to his. The truck then veered off the road into some gravel. Hurwitz tried to return to the road, but when as he braked hard the truck flipped twice and wound up on the other side of the road with its front wheels on the guardrail.
“It was pretty gnarly. I keep seeing it over and over in my mind,” said Hurwitz, the Northern Nevada League’s 1999 leading football rusher. “I just feel so horrible about the girls.”
All three students were wearing safety belts.
Hurwitz expects to compete Friday in the Nevada 4A Division II championships in Fallon, but he feels badly that his teammates may not make the trip.
“Cindy doesn’t look like she’ll be able to jump, and she’s an amazing jumper,” Hurwitz said. “I feel she could have made it to state. I feel awful.”
Brown presumes that only Hurwitz will compete on Friday – not that it matters to the coach in the realm of things.
“It’s one of those things where the competition this weekend is secondary,” Brown said. “This weekend doesn’t matter. We’re talking about human lives, that’s much more important than some track meet.”
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