Woman, great-granddaughter victims in Centerville crash
October 20, 2017
A Gardnerville woman and a Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School eighth-grader were killed in a crash at Highway 88 and Centerville Lane in Douglas County on Wednesday.
Beverly Louise Phillips, 80, and her great-granddaughter Kimber Palma died as a result of the crash.
On Thursday, students at the Gardnerville Ranchos school were notified that Kimber, who was on the eighth-grade basketball team, had died in the collision.
According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, Phillips was driving east on Centerville Lane in a 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV approaching the intersection.
At about 3:20 p.m., the initial investigation shows Phillips pulled away from the stop sign into the path of a cement truck.
NHP trooper Dan Gordon said the driver of the cement truck tried to avoid the collision, but couldn't.
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The cement truck struck the Suzuki's passenger side, where Palma was sitting. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Phillips was taken by Care Flight helicopter to Renown Regional Medical Center, where she died.
Sgt. Karen Garretson of the Nevada Highway Patrol's Multi-disciplinary Investigation and Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have any information should contact Garretson at 775-687-9618 or firstname.lastname@example.org regarding case No. 171001643.
A roundabout has been approved for the intersection and should be built next summer.