2014 highway death toll down a third | RecordCourier.com

2014 highway death toll down a third

Staff Reports

With only a handful of fatal accidents in Douglas County, 2014 was one of the least dangerous years on the highways in the past decade.

While there were many accidents during the year, The Record-Courier only reported on four fatalities, with none centered on any given location in the county.

That’s down from six fatalities in 2013, and seven in 2012.

Fatal accidents during the year also varied in type, with one involving a collision between a truck and passenger vehicle, a motorcycle accident, a pedestrian death and a single-vehicle rollover.

None of the accidents were reported to have involved alcohol by the Nevada Highway Patrol.

In the last 10 years, only 2010 had fewer deaths that were investigated by the Nevada Highway Patrol.

■ Perennial Independent American candidate Sam Dupuis was the first person killed in a traffic accident in 2014.

The 87-year-old Topaz Ranch was killed when he pulled out in front of a livestock truck on March 3.

Dupuis was one of a handful of fatal accidents that occurred in Douglas County during the year.

■ Gardnerville Ranchos resident Daniel Holland, 45, was killed while riding down Kingsbury Grade on July 30. He laid the motorcycle down in an attempt to prevent a head-on collision.

■ The county’s only pedestrian fatality occurred on Highway 395 in the Pine Nut Mountains near Double Spring Flat on Aug. 10.

Reno resident Russell R. Roberts, 36, was in the southbound travel lane at 10:45 p.m. when he was struck by a 2013 Toyota and knocked into the oncoming lanes, where he was hit by two Douglas County patrol vehicles.

■ On Oct. 10, an Oregon man was killed on Highway 50 near Kahle when his Hyundai struck a tree and overturned. Larry Dean Wells, 71, was eastbound on 50 when his vehicle left the roadway.