Hearing April 20 in traffic death
February 17, 2012
A preliminary hearing is April 20 for a 35-year-old Gardnerville man charged with felony drunk driving in the traffic death of artist Reiko Hervin.
East Fork Judge Tom Perkins set the date for Jon Eugene McElhaney, charged with driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor causing death or substantial bodily harm.
McElhaney, out of custody on $15,637 bail, did not attend Wednesday’s hearing but was represented by his lawyer Tod Young.
Hervin’s husband Kurt and son Hiroki were in the audience.
Hervin, 51, died Nov. 30 of injuries she received three weeks earlier as she was returning to her Wellington home from an art show and shopping trip in Minden.
The accident occurred on Highway 208 at Jack Wright Summit.
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The Nevada Highway Patrol reported that Hervin, 51, was heading east on the highway at about 6:40 p.m. 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.
McElhaney was identified as the driver. A preliminary breath test at the scene indicated his 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.