At 3:54 p.m., NHP troopers were dispatched to a vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 50 at Kit Kat Drive about six miles west of Dayton involving a white Honda, a white Chevrolet and a black GMC.
The preliminary crash investigation indicates that the westbound white Honda was driven by David James Melendrez, a 30-year-old Carson City resident, and carrying his two young children on U.S. 50 when, for unknown reasons, it drifted into the eastbound travel lane. The Honda struck a white Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Debra Dipino, a 57-year-old Moundhouse resident, who sustained minor injuries. The Honda continued in the eastbound lane, striking a black GMC driven by Daniel Jones, a 67-year-old California resident, who sustained minor injuries.
Melendrez was pronounced dead at the scene. His children, a 3-year-old boy and an 8-year-old daughter, were transported to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno by helicopter with life-threatening injuries. The girl died at 2:08 a.m. Saturday.
Witnesses to the event or anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the Department of Public Safety’s Communications Center at 775-687-0400 regarding case no. NHP 1104221244.