Artist remains in ICU from accident injuries |

Artist remains in ICU from accident injuries

Staff Reports

Despite the seriousness of her injuries from a traffic collision, friends and family of Gardnerville artist are optimistic about her recovery.

“She’s a fighter, she’s made it this far,” said friend JoLinda Smith. “She remains heavily sedated, and she’s on a respirator, but she is breathing on her own, too.

Smith said Hervin’s husband Kurt and son Hiroki wanted to thank everyone for their prayers, good wishes and cards.

Hervin is in the intensive care unit at Renown Regional Medical Center and cannot have visitors, Smith said.

“They’ve been flooded with cards,” Smith said. “Hiroki and Kurt are by her side.”

Hervin, 51, was critically injured Nov. 6 as she was on her way to her home in Wellington.

A 34-year-old Gardnerville man, Jon Eugene McElhaney, has been charged with driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while being under the influence of an intoxicating liquor resulting in death or substantial bodily harm

McElhaney, out of custody on $15,637 bail, is to appear Nov. 30 in East Fork Justice Court.

While on bail, he may not drive or use drugs or alcohol. McElhaney is under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing.

The accident occurred on Highway 208 at Jack Wright Summit.

The Nevada Highway Patrol reported that Hervin was east on the highway at about 6:40 p.m. Nov. 6 when a trailer carrying a Jeep came unhitched from an oncoming vehicle and crossed over into her traffic lane, colliding head-on with her Scion.

She had to be extricated from her vehicle and was taken by CareFlight to Renown Regional Medical Center with multiple injuries.

A preliminary breath test at the scene indicated McElhaney’s blood-alcohol content was .131. The legal limit is .08.

The criminal complaint against McElhaney says while being under the influence of intoxicating liquor, he failed to properly secure the trailer which dislodged and struck Hervin’s vehicle, causing her to suffer substantial bodily injury.

Smith said the family welcomed cards to their home, and were posting updates on Hervin’s Web site,


Cards for Reiko, Kurt or Hiroki Hervin can be sent to 11 Norton Lane, Wellington, NV, 89444.


Reiko Hervin’s Web site: