Student hit in school crosswalk |

Student hit in school crosswalk

by Susie Vasquez

A 17-year-old Douglas High School girl was helicoptered to Reno after being hit while crossing Highway 88 on Thursday morning.

The Gardnerville resident was taken by Care Flight to Renown Medical Center after being hit in the crosswalk by a northbound car on Highway 88 near Douglas High School around 9:40 a.m., according to Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Amy Halton.

“The car simply didn’t stop,” Halton said.

The student was listed in serious condition at press time, according to Sgt. Blair Harkleroad of the Nevada Highway Patrol.

The student was crossing toward the school.

Carson City resident Jana Richmond was northbound in the right lane in a blue Chevrolet Malibu sedan when she reportedly struck the girl. The investigation is ongoing, Harkleroad said.

“Once the investigation is done, we will determine if there will be any charges,” he said.

This is the second accident involving a student recent weeks.

Authorities are looking for a sport utility vehicle responsible for striking Cole Sonnemann, the 14-year-old son of Douglas County assessor Doug Sonnemann, at Douglas Avenue and Mill Street.

Cole was on his way home from Carson Valley Middle School when he encountered a gray Suburban stopped on Douglas Avenue.

“He started to walk across the street when he said he caught a glimpse of movement and saw the Suburban coming at him,” said Cole’s mother, Val Sonnemann. “He said the driver was staring straight ahead.”

The car left the scene of the Feb. 28 accident.

Cole was taken to Minden Medical Center, then transferred to Renown Medical Center where he was examined and released.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Mezzetta said deputies are looking for a gray Chevrolet Suburban driven by a white female adult with curly black hair. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 782-9911.

Susie Vasquez can be reached at or 782-5121, ext. 211.