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September 20, 2012
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Victims identified in Highway 395 fatal crashes

A 50-year-old Gardnerville woman is among the victims in Saturday's two-vehicle collision on Highway 395 south of Gardnerville which claimed three lives.

An Indian Hills man was killed a few hours later in a single-vehicle rollover Sunday at Lucerne and Highway 395 in Minden.

The Nevada Highway Patrol identified the dead Thursday as Brenda Stringham, 50, of Gardnerville; James Walter Harvey, 66, of Yerington; and Matthew Travis Walburg, 21, of Reno.

Rafael Silva-Olivas, 43, of Indian Hills, was killed in the Sunday accident.

Harvey was the driver of a 1995 Geo Metro, and Stringham a passenger. Walburg was driving a 2007 Nissan Frontier pickup.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the Metro was traveling south on Highway 395 about 12 miles south of Gardnerville. For an unknown reason, the Nissan, headed north, crossed the centerline and struck the Geo Metro head-on.

All three died at the scene. The patrol reported that Stringham was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor, according to the NHP.

The collision occurred shortly before midnight.

The highway was closed in both directions for approximately five hours.

Silva-Olivas was driving a 1991 Jeep Wrangler north on Highway 395 at 4:38 a.m. Sunday, approaching Lucerne Street.

The driver lost control of his vehicle while making a right turn onto Lucerne. The Jeep skidded as it entered the intersection striking the curb on the northeast corner and overturned.

According to the NHP, the driver was not wearing a seat belt, and was partially ejected.

He was taken to Carson Tahoe Hospital Regional Medical Center via CareFlight where he died.

The highway was closed for approximately two hours.

Trooper Scott Morron of the Major Accident Investigation Team is asking witnesses to either accident to call him at 688-2500, or contact him at

The number for the Gardnerville case is 120916422; the Minden case is 120916515.

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The Record Courier Updated Sep 20, 2012 02:58PM Published Sep 20, 2012 02:02PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.