Alex M. Moore identified as victim in fatal pedestrian accident
A Walnut Creek, Calif., man was the victim in Douglas County’s first fatality of 2012.
The accident occurred 12:44 a.m. New Year’s Day when 21-year-old Alex M. Moore was hit by a vehicle as he was walking in the eastbound lanes of Highway 50.
According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, Moore was struck from behind by a 2011 Ford Expedition California Highway Patrol vehicle driven by Officer Joshua J. Varanini, 38 of Truckee.
According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, Moore was walking in the left eastbound lane wearing denim jeans and a black jacket.
Varanni stepped on the brakes and steered to the right to avoid the walker, but the vehicle’s left front hit Moore and forced him into the opposing westbound lanes where he was hit by a passenger shuttle.
NHP Trooper Chuck Allen said the accident forced the closure of the highway for almost four hours. Eastbound traffic was rerouted out of the area via State Route 207, Kingsbury Grade, while westbound traffic was turned around near the scene. The highway was completely reopened at approximately 4:36 am.
Troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol Major Accident Investigation Team will be investigating this tragedy.
Witnesses or anyone with additional information regarding this tragedy should contact Trooper Eric Gallagher at (775) 689-4661 regarding case number NHP-120100102.