There were a couple of accidents near the end of February on Northern Nevada’s highways resulting in fatalities.
The first happened a few minutes before 10 a.m., Tuesday, February 23, on US-395 at Courtland Lane in Gardnerville. The Nevada Highway Patrol’s investigation shows that a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup driven by Sean Leonard, 53, of Gardnerville was southbound on 395 and stopped to make a left turn onto Courtland.
Also traveling southbound was a white 2012 Freightliner semi-tractor-trailer. The driver failed to stop, rear-ending the Dodge as it waited to turn. The Dodge went into the northbound lane where it struck a white 2016 Peterbilt head-on.
Leonard died at the scene.
Then on Saturday, February 27, about 8:15 a.m., Troopers responded to a crash at the intersection of Day Lane and Lower Colony Lane in Smith Valley.
There, they found a white 2002 GMC Sierra 2500 pickup, driven by Lawrence Myrold, 62, of Mammoth Lake, Calif, had been heading west on Day towards Lower Colony. As he approached the intersection, he failed to see the stop sign, broadsiding a green 1998 Dodge Ram pickup going north on Lower Colony, causing the Dodge to roll.
Myrold, Mammoth Lakes fire captain, was taken to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries on Tuesday, March 2.