Driver in fatal collision in court today |

Driver in fatal collision in court today

by F.T. Norton

A Douglas County man is scheduled to appear in court today in connection with a fatal collision that claimed the life of a Gardnerville woman.

Michael Cordero Perez, 32, of Bavarian Drive off Jacks Valley Road, is being held on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causing death. Perez will appear in East Fork Justice Court. He is being held on $100,000 cash only bail as set on Wednesday.

Perez is accused in the death of Robin Moroney, 42, of Gardnerville in a Tuesday head-on collision on Jacks Valley Road.

According to Trooper Chuck Allen, Perez was southbound on Jacks Valley Road near the fire station when he crossed the double-yellow line several times.

The Jeep crashed head-on into a northbound Ford sedan driven by Moroney.

Perez was taken to Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance and later to Washoe Medical Center for a broken nose and a cut on the back of his head.

Moroney had to be extricated from her vehicle and flown to Washoe Medical Center for life-threatening injuries. She died late Tuesday night at Washoe Medical Center.

Moroney is a partner in Valley Girls, a Gardnerville business, according to the Douglas County Clerk’s Office.

“Further investigation revealed that Perez was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the accident, and upon his release from the hospital was taken to the Douglas County jail,” Allen said.

Investigators would like anyone with any additional information about the accident to call the Department of Public Safety Communications Center at 688-2500, ext. 2.

“We want to remind motorists how critical it is to designate a driver before indulging in alcoholic beverages. As a result of these crashes, lives are not only lost, but families are emotionally scarred forever. During this holiday season, especially with the added parties and celebrations, don’t drink and drive and always wear a seat belt,” Allen said.

“It only takes one extra drink to change your life.”