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December 15, 2012
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One dead in South Lake Tahoe traffic collision

Alcohol is suspected to be involved in a two-vehicle collision that killed a passenger early this morning in South Lake Tahoe.

The accident was reported at about 1:35 a.m. at the intersection of Pioneer Trail and Ski Run Boulevard.

South Lake Tahoe Police arrived on scene to find a white Honda Accord driven by Roberto Olazaba, 22, and a gold GMC Yukon driven by Noe Corea, 26, in the intersection. According to preliminary reports, the Honda broadsided the Yukon.

Three patients were taken to Barton Memorial Hospital for treatment.

William Olazaba, apassenger in the Honda, died of his injuries at Barton Memorial Hospital. Olazaba has been admitted for observation. A passenger from the GMC was treated at Barton and Released. This collision is still under investigation.

This collision caused a temporary power outage in the Ski Run neighborhood due to one of the vehicle's striking the power converter box at that intersection. All power has been restored in the area by Liberty Power Company.

This is the third fatal collision in So Lake Tahoe in the past four months. In August, a 51-year-old male was struck and killed on Lake Tahoe Blvd near Pioneer Trail. In that case, the pedestrian had a blood alcohol concentration of .19% and walked in front of an oncoming vehicle. In September, a 71-year-old female was struck by a vehicle on Lake Tahoe Blvd near Friday Ave. Alcohol was not a factor in that collision. In both of these cases, the pedestrian was found at fault.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is requested to contact Officer John Speath at the So Lake Tahoe Police Department (530) 542-6100.

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The Record Courier Updated Dec 15, 2012 05:44PM Published Dec 15, 2012 05:36PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.