Gardnerville woman dies in Jacks Valley accident
A Gardnerville woman was killed Tuesday evening in a collision on Jacks Valley Road, and troopers suspect the other driver was intoxicated.
Robin Maroney, 42, of Gardnerville was killed when another driver crossed the centerline and hit the Ford sedan she was driving.
Sgt. Mark Clark with the Nevada Highway Patrol said Michael Perez, 32, of Minden was driving west on Jacks Valley Road near Bavarian Drive at 5:17 p.m. when he drifted into the oncoming lane, overcorrected in both directions then struck an eastbound Ford Focus.
The impact caused the Cherokee to roll once, landing on its wheels.
Shani Nichols said she came upon the wreckage after the accident happened, and Perez had been thrown into the back seat.
“I asked if he was OK, and he got out of the car on his own,” she said.
Nichols said Perez asked her to call his girlfriend, and she obliged.
She said she tried to help the other driver, a 42-year-old woman, who was unconscious and trapped in the vehicle.
“There was nothing I could do to get her out so I just put my hand on her shoulder and let her know someone was coming,” she said.
Clark said after firefighters cut the roof off the vehicle, the woman was taken by helicopter to Washoe Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Perez was transported to Carson-Tahoe Hospital and eventually taken by helicopter to Washoe Medical Center.
A trooper who spoke with Perez in Reno apparently smelled an odor of alcohol on him and ordered a blood draw, Clark said.
Traffic was routed around the accident.
Clark said he believed Perez lives on Bavarian Drive, within walking distance of the accident.
“This has been a bad Christmas season,” he said.
Last week, three people were killed in two separate accident in Carson City.