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Yerington man killed in accident
by Tribune Staff
Sep 21, 2010 | 1387 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

YERINGTON — A man on a motorcycle was killed Monday afternoon in a crash with a truck.

On Monday at 4:46 p.m., troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol were dispatched to a collision on U.S. Highway 95A near Penrose Lane, about nine miles north of Yerington.  The preliminary crash investigation details indicate that a three-axle 1986 White dump truck was traveling west on Penrose Lane and was approaching the intersection of U.S. 95A. The large truck was being driven by 28-year-old Douglas J. Scronce of Fallon.

Traveling north on U.S. 95A approaching the intersection of Penrose Lane and riding a red 1986 Kawasaki motorcycle was 46-year-old Michael R. Leonard of Yerington. Scronce failed to stop for the stop sign posted at the highway and continued into the intersection.  Leonard was unable to avoid the big truck as it traveled into his path and he struck the left side of the vehicle. The motorcycle deflected off the truck, causing Leonard to be thrown from his bike. The motorcycle skidded across the intersection coming to rest on the west roadway edge.

Leonard sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.  His next of kin were notified after the accident. Scronce did not sustain any injuries. Due to the fact that a commercial motor vehicle was involved in this accident, a complete safety and mechanical inspection will be completed on the dump truck, as well as a close look at the qualifications of the driver, by one of NHP’s personnel assigned to the commercial motor vehicle enforcement section.

The accident investigation is continuing and witnesses or anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Trooper Mike Osterman at the NHP Fernley substation office at 575-5518 or the Department of Public Safety-Communications Center at 687-0400 regarding case No. 1009201220.
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