The name of a toddler killed in a July 30 accident that occurred on Highway 50 near Cave Rock was released by the Nevada Highway Patrol on Thursday.
Caroline M. Maxfield, 3, of Centennial, Colo., was a passenger in a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country van containing a half-dozen people that was hit head-on by a Cadillac SUV.
Caroline was taken by Care Flight to Renown Regional Medical Center, where she died of her injuries.
The highway patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team is continuing to investigate the three-vehicle collision that involved a total of 16 people.
Trooper Chuck Allen said the accident occurred at about 9 p.m. when a westbound black 2011 Cadillac SRX4 driven by Sylvia Hurtado, 31, of South Lake Tahoe, crossed the double-yellow line, and sideswiped an eastbound black 2008 GMC Yukon driven by Ross W. King, 51, of Centennial, Colo. King had seven passengers riding in the vehicle with him. The force of the collision caused the Yukon to roll over injuring every person in the vehicle. Allen said the Cadillac continued west hitting the front of a red 2008 Chrysler Town & Country van head-on, driven by 38-year-old Emily Maxfield of Centennial, Colo. Maxfield had been following other family members and friends who were in the Yukon ahead of her.
As a result of the crash and number of people involved, several ambulances and two helicopters were dispatched to the scene for injuries ranging from minor to serious.
The other person airlifted from the scene was Caroline’s grandmother, Martha Kreutz, also from Centennial. She was flown by Cal Star to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe. All others were either transported from the scene by ambulance to Renown, or self-transported later that evening to be medically evaluated at either Barton Memorial or Renown Regional Medical Center.
All four lanes of the highway were closed in both directions for approximately 90 minutes while troopers completed their on-scene portion of the investigation. A few lanes were cleared around 10:30 p.m. prior to all four lanes being opened just after midnight.
Witnesses to the crash and anyone with additional information are asked to contact Trooper Doug Hildebrand of the Major Accident Investigation Team at (775) 689-4623 or firstname.lastname@example.org regarding case No. NHP-130702728.