Accident at Johnson Lane Light sends one to hospital |

Accident at Johnson Lane Light sends one to hospital

by Merrie Leininger

An accident at the intersection of Highway 395 and Johnson Lane closed the left turn lane for a short time Tuesday morning and sent one person to the hospital.

Nancee Goldwater, 49, of Minden, was driving west on Johnson Lane when she pulled through a green light, said State Trooper Brad Smith said.

Goldwater is a Douglas County Animal Control officer.

Megan Holicky, 26, of Gardnerville, drove through a red light going north on Highway 395 and collided with Goldwater, according to Smith.

Goldwater received hand and shoulder injuries, according to paramedics. She was taken to Carson-Tahoe Hospital in Carson City and was treated and released. Holicky was not injured.

Smith said Holicky was cited for driving through the red light.

Public information officer Scott Magruder of the Nevada Department of Transportation said this is the first accident at that intersection since the light went up this summer.

“When you put up a light, you impact traffic and the north lane has to stop, so you run the risk of rear-ending accidents, but we still feel it is a safer situation than before,” he said.

Magruder said the response has been mostly positive; only about 5 percent of the responses have been negative. He said for the most part, complaints regard travelers who don’t like having to stop while traveling north.

“One of the reasons we put the light in is because of the support from the county and the residents of the Johnson Lane area,” he said.

n Fewer accidents. Smith said the light has helped reduce the severity and frequency of accidents on the day shift, which he works.

He said before the light went up, he was responding to two or three accidents a month at that intersection.

“People have been complaining about the red arrow, but that is the way it is done throughout the county. A red arrow is just like a stop sign, they can turn if there is no traffic,” he said.

Sgt. Lance Modispacher of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said the light makes the intersection much safer.

“People are resistant to change, but we are trying to make it as safe as we can. It brings more attention to the dangerous area, with the lights and the warnings prior to getting to the intersection,” he said. “Now with the access lanes, drivers have the opportunity to slow down and before you just had to shut your eyes and stomp on it.”

He suggested that people make eye contact with other drivers and generally drive defensively.

“The person turning needs to be very careful and remember (those driving north) are driving 65 miles an hour, so even if you have the right of way, maybe the other person is not paying attention and you can get very hurt,” he said.

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