Driver in Sierra car chase injures workers, dies in crash

Published: Tuesday, May. 14, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 14, 2013 - 8:18 am

A Reno man who led CHP officers on a high-speed chase on Interstate 80 died Monday afternoon after crashing into a roadwork area and injuring two California Conservation Corps workers.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Pete Mann said the CHP was advised about 1:41 p.m. to be on the lookout for a reckless driver on eastbound I-80 in the Dutch Flat area. He said an officer from the CHP's Gold Run station spotted a speeding BMW in the Yuba Gap area and attempted to pull it over, but the driver failed to stop and a pursuit began.

The BMW, traveling at speeds beyond 100 mph, continued eastbound to the Truckee area and then into Truckee proper. There, the driver exited at Donner Pass Road, continued across the overpass, then re-entered I-80, heading westbound.

Mann said the pursuit continued back over Donner Summit. When the BMW reached the Soda Springs area, the driver traveled in the left lane, into an area where traffic cones had been set up to alert motorists to roadwork.

When the fleeing driver found his path blocked by road crews and maintenance vehicles, he lost control of his vehicle, which hit a dirt embankment and overturned in the air several times, hitting two California Conservation Corps workers who were trying to get out of the way.

Mann said the BMW driver, a 42-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released pending notification of family.

One of the injured workers was taken by air ambulance to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno with head injuries. The other worker was taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee complaining of pain.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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