Victim succumbs in Centerville crash
January 14, 2017
A 23-year-old Carson City woman succumbed to injuries she received in a Dec. 29 collision at Centerville and Highway 88, family members confirmed Friday on social media.
Ashley Bursey, a 2012 graduate of Carson High School who attended Western Nevada College and worked as a manager at the Minden McDonald's, was on life support following the collision, according to a gofundme page set up to raise money for her family.
To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/expense-fund-for-bursey-family
Bursey was the most seriously injured of a half dozen people hurt in two wrecks in six days at the intersection of Highway 88 and Centerville Lane.
The intersection is one of four main routes out of the Gardnerville Ranchos, Douglas County's largest community.
At 6:53 a.m. Dec. 29, Bursey, in a black Mazda, pulled out into the path of a southbound GMC pickup. The pickup hit the driver's side of the Mazda, which was pushed into a third vehicle. Michael Cook, the driver of the GMC, was taken by ambulance for treatment. The third driver was treated at the scene.
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The collisions have renewed a call for traffic control at the intersection, with residents turning out to speak at a Jan. 3 Douglas County commissioners meeting.
Cook spoke to county commissioners while standing on crutches as a result of his injuries.
"I never saw her coming," he said. "I was going highway speed. It was as if someone dropped her in front of me."
Cook told county commissioners that the only appropriate number of deaths is zero.
"The blind spot there is brutal," he said. "It was the scariest moment of my life. I have two little girls. I got so lucky."
Six days prior to the collision that claimed Bursey's life, three people were injured at 3:40 p.m. Christmas Eve when a Chevrolet pickup pulled out in front of a Ford pickup.
Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Gordon said two people were helicoptered to Reno where they were treated and released. A third person was treated at the scene.
More than 1,350 people have signed a petition for some sort of traffic safety device at the intersection, which has long been recognized by residents as dangerous.
By slowing down traffic in the intersection, state officials say a roundabout could reduce the severity of a collision.