LOVELOCK — An elderly California man was fatally injured and his wife was killed while driving his Honda Civic eastbound on I-80 at 1:45 p.m. near Lovlock Wednesday.
Nevada Highway Patrol was called to a single-vehicle rollover crash on I-80, about 15 miles outside of Lovelock, in Churchill County Wednesday afternoon. When troopers arrived on scene, they found the driver, a 73-year-old resident of Sacramento, Calif., who had been driving a green 2005 Honda Civic sedan, fatally injured and his wife, 66, with fatal injuries. His wife was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver was flown by Care Flight to Renown Regional Medical center in Reno.
According to police reports, the driver was traveling eastbound on the freeway when his sedan veered toward the center of the median. He steered the vehicle toward the right and re-entered his original travel lane before the vehicle veered to the left one more time where it struck a small metal mile marker post.
The driver over-corrected the vehicle’s steering to the right when the Honda rotated and skidded in a clockwise direction and traveled across both eastbound travel lanes, according to police reports. As the vehicle departed the south, or right edge of the highway, it rolled over several times before coming to rest on its roof.
Both lanes of eastbound I-80 were temporarily closed for 25 minutes to stage the helicopter and load the patient. As of 8:30 am Thursday morning, the driver was listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries and did not know that his wife had died. Once NHP troopers are confident that next of kin have been notified about the tragedy, they will release both names, according to spokesman Chuck Allen.
Witnesses to the event are encouraged to contact the NHP at 775-689-4682, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, regarding case number NHP-120425527.