Man accused in artist’s death set to appear in court today |

Man accused in artist’s death set to appear in court today

Staff Reports

The man accused of causing the death of Smith Valley artist Reiko Hervin is scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court this morning.

Jon E. McElhaney, 35, is set to be arraigned today before District Judge Dave Gamble on a charge of being in control of a vehicle while being under the influence of an intoxicating liquor resulting in death or substantial bodily harm.

McElhaney waived his preliminary hearing two weeks ago. He is free on $15,637 bail. If the hearing occurs, he will be asked if he has an attorney and to enter a plea in the charge.

Hervin, 51, was severely injured in a Nov. 6 accident when a trailer carrying a Jeep became detached and entered the oncoming lane near Jack Wright Pass on Highway 208, colliding with her vehicle.

The Smith Valley artist was on her way home from a Minden art show when the accident occurred. She died Nov. 30 at Renown Regional Medical Center from injuries she received in the collision.

The accident investigation was conducted by the Nevada Highway Patrol.

At an April hearing, McElhaney’s attorney Tod Young said the accident could be traced to an equipment failure. McElhaney is considered innocent until proven guilty by the state. Under Nevada law, McElhaney faces 2-20 years in prison, and is eligible for probation.