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September 16, 2012
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Authorities delay identifying victims in weekend fatals

The identities of three people killed in a head-on collision at Highway 395 and Leviathan Mine Road over the weekend likely won't be released for several days.

The Washoe County Medical Examiner will have to rely on dental records to positively identify the people killed in the accident which occurred a few minutes before midnight on Saturday.

The force of the impact turned both vehicles over and resulted in Highway 395's closure for six hours while authorities investigated.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident that killed all three occupants of the vehicles.

A 2007 red Frontier Nissan pickup was reported driving recklessly just moments before the 21-year-old Reno resident crossed the centerline into the path of an oncoming 1995 Geo Metro, driven by a 66-year-old Yerington man.

An unidentified passenger in the Metro who wasn't wearing a seatbelt was killed when she was ejected from the vehicle.

A fourth person was killed in a traffic accident at Highway 395 and Lucerne Street in Minden early Sunday morning while officers were still working the wreck in the Pine Nuts.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol a white 1991 Jeep Wrangler was northbound when the driver attempted to make a right turn onto Lucerne.

The 43-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle and over turned. He wasn't wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected and trapped under the vehicle.

He was taken to Carson Valley Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Both accidents are under investigation by the Nevada Highway Patrol's Major Accident Investigation Team.

Witnesses or anyone with additional information is asked to contact primary investigator Trooper Scott Morron at (775) 688-2500 or

These accidents increased the highway death toll in Douglas County to five for the month of September and six for the year.

A South Lake Tahoe woman was killed on Labor Day in a Highway 50 accident near Logan Creek.

Jennifer Lyrea Leonard, 50, was thrown from the back of a motorcycle.

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The Record Courier Updated Dec 23, 2012 07:04PM Published Sep 16, 2012 10:42PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.