Woman dies in accident on Spooner

The victim of an accident Friday on Spooner Summit died of her injuries, officials said Tuesday.

The unidentified female was the driver of a westbound 1996 red Kia Sportage on Highway 50 nine miles west of Carson City on Spooner Summit about 9:30 p.m.

According to Trooper Todd Hartline of the Nevada Highway Patrol, for unknown reasons, the vehicle drifted off the north pavement and into the dirt shoulder.

"The driver attempted to steer back on to the roadway, but the vehicle rotated counter-clockwise, then rolled several times," Hartline said.

Both the driver and passenger, Efrin Chavez, 25, of Kings Beach, were ejected. The two were taken to Washoe Medical Center by helicopter where the driver was pronounced brain dead, said Trooper Chuck Allen.

Chavez was treated for series injuries and later released from the hospital.

The driver had no identification on her and cannot be positively identified until her family is found, Allen said.

The accident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Nevada Highway Patrol at 688-2500.

Lakeview wreck victim named

A Carson City man remained unresponsive Tuesday following an accident on Lakeview Hill.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Todd Hartline said the victim was identified Monday night as Gerardo Ontiveros, 27.

He suffered a head injury in the 2 p.m. accident.

According to Hartline, Ontiveros was struck from behind in his 1991 Ford Thunderbird by a 3/4-ton pickup as he waited to merge with traffic at the Lakeview onramp for Highway 395.

The impact demolished the trunk space up to the driver's seat and sent the Thunderbird across two lanes into the jersey wall, until it skidded to a stop 250 yards down the highway.

Christopher Dianda, 29, driver of the pickup, told troopers he saw the Thunderbird in front of him as he approached the onramp, but had no idea the vehicle was stopped.

Dianda was cited for failure to use due care.

Ontiveros was taken by Care Flight helicopter to Washoe Medical Center, where his status was unavailable.


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