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August 18, 2014
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Reno man victim in fatal Pine Nut accident

A Reno man was identified Monday as the pedestrian killed Aug. 10 on Highway 395 after he was struck by a pickup, and then two Sheriff’s patrol cars.

Russell R. Roberts, 36, was in the southbound travel lane at 10:45 p.m. when he was struck by a 2013 Toyota, driven by Bishop resident Ian Snyder.

Roberts came to rest in the northbound lanes of 395 where he was hit by two Douglas County patrol vehicles driven by deputies Justin Williams and Samantha Torres, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. Neither deputy knew an accident had just taken place. All three vehicles stopped to render aid.

All drivers involved in the accident are cooperating with law enforcement during this investigation, Trooper Daved Gibosn said. Alcohol or drugs are not a factor in the investiation at this time. The speed limit in this area of 395 is 55 mph. There is no roadway lighting in the area and there is only guardrails on the West side shoulder of US 395. The accident is still under investigation.

Trooper Chris Kelly of the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the incident. Witnesses or anyone else with more information may reach him at (775) 689-4661 or ckelly@dps.state.nv.us regarding case No. NHP-140801011.

Troopers are reminding motorists to be cautious around pedestrians and bicyclists when driving after dark on poorly lit highways. Pedestrians and bicyclists should also be cautious when on the highway at night.


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