FERNLEY — A 56-year-old woman from Lovelock was killed Monday night when he was involved in a crash with another vehicle about 30 miles east of Fernley.
Mary Ryan was declared dead on the scene of the crash, which occurred at about 7:15 p.m. on Interstate 80 near the Jessup interchange in Churchill County. The Nevada Highway Patrol reports that 47-year-old David Lillie, of West Yellowstone, Mont., was driving a 1998 blue Ford Windstar van east in the right travel lane. Lillie’s van was approaching the rear of another eastbound vehicle traveling just ahead of him, a red 1997 Toyota Tercel two-door sedan driven by Ryan. The front of the Ford van struck the rear of the Toyota sedan. The force of the collision forced the Toyota to travel into the center median where it rolled over and came to rest on its roof. Ryan sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lillie tried to flee in his vehicle and eventually stopped about a half-mile east of the crash scene. The driver of a commercial motor vehicle who witnessed the crash followed the errant driver and flashed his lights until Lillie pulled over onto the right paved shoulder and stopped. He received minor injuries in the collision and displayed signs of drug impairment. Lillie was taken to Banner Churchill Community Hospital in Fallon by ambulance where he was treated and medically released. Lillie was then arrested by NHP and booked for reckless driving causing death, hit and run from a fatality accident, and driving under the influence of drugs causing death. His bail is set at $600,000.
Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call Trooper Dan Gordon or Trooper Eric Gallagher at 689-4661 regarding case number NHP-111204841.