South Lake Tahoe man lying in highway dies after being unintentionally run over in Gardnerville
A South Lake Tahoe man died after being unintentionally run over in Gardnerville Sunday.
For reasons that are still unknown, Rosendo Ramirez Amaya, a 54-year-old resident of South Lake Tahoe, was lying down across the right lane of northbound U.S 395 around 8 p.m. Sunday, according to Nevada Highway Patrol.
At the same time, a 1998 Toyota Sienna minivan was traveling northbound in the right lane on U.S. 395/Industrial Way, according to NHP. The driver was unable to avoid Amaya and traveled over top of him.
The driver pulled over immediately, called 911 and waited for emergency responders to arrive on scene. Amaya died from his injuries.
Trooper Dan Gordon, public information officer with NHP Northern Command West, said everything in the investigation indicates that the driver was unaware Amaya was in the roadway until it was too late.
“(Amaya) was laying in the roadway at night so the driver wasn’t able to see him until the last second … ”
As for why Amaya was in the road, Gordon said investigators have many questions and few answers at the moment.
“There are a lot of unknowns.”
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have any information related to this crash is encouraged to contact NHP Trooper Doug Hildebrand at 775-687-9617 email@example.com regarding case #170901681.