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2 killed in three-vehicle head-on crash near Sand Harbor
by Tribune Staff
Jul 21, 2011 | 1099 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SAND HARBOR — A man from Reno and a man from New York were killed Tuesday afternoon when two vehicles collided head-on crash on State Route 28 along the east side of Lake Tahoe.

Michael Rapanaro, 57, a resident of New York, and Charles Farlow, a 59-year-old Reno resident, were killed when their Ford Taurus collided with a Ford pickup about four miles south of Sand Harbor at about 3:30 p.m.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the green 2000 Ford F350 pickup was headed south on SR 28 away from Incline Village, a semi-truck pulling a dump trailer was heading north on SR 28 toward Incline Village and the red 2000 Ford Taurus was northbound on SR 28 directly behind the semi truck and trailer. The pickup drifted across the double yellow center line into the northbound travel lane where it struck the trailer on the left side at the rear axles. The Taurus pulled to the right shoulder and stopped to avoid the pickup, which struck the Taurus head on, forcing the Taurus backward and off of the roadway.

The two male occupants in the Taurus were pronounced dead at the scene. The two female passengers, 57-year-old Lori Brown and 57-year-old Rhonda Farlow, both from Reno, were transported by ambulance to Incline Village and then transferred to a Care Flight helicopter and were taken to Renown Regional Medical Center with critical injuries.

There were four occupants in the Ford pickup. The driver, 24-year-old Miguel Perez of Gardnerville, had minor injuries and needed no medical treatment. The three passengers, Abel Najar of Gardnerville, 14-year-old Miguel Perez Jr. and 13-year-old Alexis Perez, were taken to Renown by ambulance for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the semi-truck/trailer, 54-year-old Mark Thorpe of Yerington, was not injured.

At this time, alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this accident.

This accident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Trooper Eric Gallagher of the Major Accident Investigation Team at 775-688-2500, or the DPS communication center at 775-687-0400 regarding accident number 1107191435.
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