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Pedestrian’s death under investigation

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An investigation is continuing into the Sept. 26 collision that killed a pedestrian visiting Gardnerville from Ohio.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said that their preliminary investigation confirmed that Charles William Keller Jr., 60, was in a marked crosswalk on Highway 395 when he was hit by a Ford Fusion driven by Francisco Castillo-Quitero, 44, of Reno.

Keller was declared dead on Sept. 28 at Renown Regional Medical Center.

Witnesses said other cars had stopped as Keller was walking across the highway from the Historian Inn.

Trooper Glenn Smith said the NHP's Multi-Disciplinary Investigation and Reconstruction Team is investigating the collision.

"Impairment or intoxication does not appear to be a factor in the crash," Smith said.

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The results of the NHP's investigation will be forwarded to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office to determine if charges are warranted.

According to an obituary appearing in the Columbus Dispatch, Keller was touring Western Nevada's Basque restaurants, and visiting areas involved in the growth of 1960s pop culture.

He was a Columbus City, Ohio, school employee until he retired in 2014. He is survived by wife Kathleen and brother Adam Shaw Keller.

Keller was the second man to die as a result of Sept. 26 collisions in Carson Valley.

That morning, Gardnerville resident Nathaniel Partlow, 35, was killed in a fatal rollover.

Partlow was driving a Honda CRV that left Highway 88 near Kimmerling Road.

Both Partlow and passenger Kalub Solak, 18, of Gardnerville, were thrown from the vehicle.

The fatalities were the sixth and seventh to occur in Douglas County during 2015.

2015 DOUGLAS COUNTY TRAFFIC FATALITIES

Sept. 26 — Charles William Keller Jr., 60, was killed crossing Highway 395 from the Historian Inn in Gardnerville when he was struck by a vehicle.

Sept. 26 Nathaniel Partlow, 35, of Gardnerville, was killed in a rollover after he lost control of the car he was driving.

July 20 John Jacob Filas, 93, of Zephyr Cove was killed after he struck a tree on Kingsbury Grade.

June 28 Harvinder Singh, 22, of Sloughhouse, Calif., was killed in the Pine Nut Mountains when he tried to pass, and collided with an oncoming vehicle.

June 12 Amber R. Hallmark, 53, of Antioch, Calif., was killed when a motorist strayed into the path of her motorcycle, causing a head-on collision on Highway 50 at Lake Tahoe.

June 3 Darlene M. Hall, 75, of Skyforest, Calif., was killed when she went off the highway and struck a large boulder along Highway 50 near Logan Creek Drive.

Jan. 14 Joseph David Winters, 27, of Carson City was killed when his Jeep Wrangler left Highway 50 at Lake Tahoe and hit the guardrail at 2 a.m.