Eight hurt in Indian Hills accident
September 20, 2004
Two people taken to Washoe Medical Center in Reno Thursday after a three-car accident on Highway 395 near Mica Drive have been released from the hospital.
Yvonne Dement-Betler, 49, of Carson City and her passenger Karen Thorpe, 47, of Dayton were taken by Care Flight helicopters to Washoe Medical Center after a 3:50 p.m. accident in which they rear-ended the vehicle in front of them.
Both Dement-Bentler and another driver, Catherine Smokey, were cited for following to closely and failing to use due care.
“Everybody has a duty to keep a safe following distance,” said Nevada Highway Patrol public information officer Chuck Allen.
Even if someone in front brakes suddenly, drivers behind should be continually checking the distance between drivers in front and behind.
“You are subject to violations,” he said. “That’s why we charged them for following at an unsafe distance.”
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Dement-Betler was northbound in a white 1998 Dodge pick-up truck, and hit a 1999 white Ford Explorer driven by a 49-year-old Carson City woman, Debbie Helseth, who slowed for traffic.
Helseth was taken to Carson-Tahoe Hospital for a reported head injury.
Smokey, 29, of Gardnerville, was northbound with four children in her vehicle, and swerved to the right to avoid the rear-ender. The front left of her vehicle struck the right rear of Dement-Bentler’s pick-up truck.
The Ford Explorer and the Dodge pick-up truck stopped in the median. Smokey’s 2000 brown Dodge Durango spun counter-clockwise and stopped in the northbound lanes facing south. She was taken to Carson-Tahoe Hospital for reports of a head injury.
A 7-year-old, 4-year-old, and twin 2-year-olds, who were all seatbelted or in safety seats, were taken to Carson Tahoe Hospital.
Also on Thursday:
— About 8:45 a.m., a two-car accident occurred near Highway 395 and Ironwood Drive, when a 2000 white Isuzu Rodeo driven by 48-year-old Deborah Porter of Minden, pulled across southbound lanes to turn northbound on Highway 395.
She stopped in front of a northbound vehicle, was struck, and later cited for failing to yield.
Porter had no passengers in her vehicle, and after complaining of a neck injury was taken to Carson Valley Medical Center by a friend.
David Clark II, 33, of Gardnerville, was not injured in his 1977 Ford pick-up truck. He had no passengers in the car.
n About 5:30 p.m., a two-vehicle accident occurred northbound on Highway 395 about nine miles north of Ironwood Drive. No one was injured, when Carson City resident Santos Montes, in a 1995 Hyundai, rear-ended Carson City resident Carlos Godinez, 41, in a pick-up truck.
The driver of the vehicle in the rear was following too closely and did not observe the car in front of him slowing down for traffic, according to Allen.
Both vehicles were moved into the median and later towed. Montes was cited for following too closely, and Godinez, who complained of a neck injury was not transported for care, was cited for driving without a valid license.
— Maggie O’Neill can be reached at mo’email@example.com or 782-5121, ext. 214.