At 5:11 p.m., troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 near the Derby Dam interchange, about 16 miles east of Sparks.
The official investigation found that a 57-year-old Reno man was driving a green 1993 Honda four-door sedan eastbound in the left-hand lane when he failed to negotiate a slight right curve in the roadway. He allowed the Honda to drift onto the left shoulder of the freeway where he over-corrected the steering to the right. The vehicle traveled across both eastbound travel lanes and departed the right roadway edge. The driver then over-corrected the steering once more to the left as the Honda ascended a short dirt embankment.
The vehicle rolled over as it continued back onto the interstate. The energy of the rollover caused the unrestrained driver to be ejected from his vehicle. His car came to rest on its top near the center of the freeway. Troopers found the driver near the left travel lane and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Alcohol and the fact that he was not wearing a seat belt are two of the contributing factors in this event.
Witnesses or anyone with additional information about this incident, including any driving patterns observed before the crash, are encouraged to contact Trooper Robert Haigney at 775-689-4682 or the Department Public Safety-Communications Center at 775-687-0400 regarding case no. NHP-1104261499. The driver’s name will be released once next-of-kin have been notified.