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Nevada Highway Patrol identifies two who died in wrong-way crash near Reno

The Nevada Highway Patrol has released the names of the two people who died and two who were injured in a wrong-way collision Saturday on Interstate 80 in the Reno area.

The two who died are Jaime Danilo Rosales-Gomez, 25, the wrong-way driver whose Mazda pickup struck a Mazda Protégé head-on, and Mearl Elizabeth Winberg, 27, of Fernley, Nev., a passenger in the Protégé.

Still in critical condition at Renown Hospital in Reno are Ricardo Chicas-Gomez, 20, a passenger in the pickup, and Derek Joseph Huntley, 27, of Yerington, Nev., the driver of the Protégé.

NHP Trooper Dave Gibson said alcohol was a factor in the collision, which happened in the eastbound lanes of I-80 just west of Sparks Boulevard at about 3:15 a.m.

“Alcohol could be smelled on the driver of the pickup,” Gibson said, “and the (pickup) passenger confirmed that he himself had been drinking.”

The place of residence for Rosales-Gomez and Chicas-Gomez is still under investigation, Gibson said.

“We can’t confirm that they are residents of Nevada,” he said.

Trooper Karen Garretson of the NHP’s Multi-Disciplinary Investigation and Reconstruction Team is investigating the case.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have related information is asked to contact Garretson at (775) 689-4625 or kgarretson@dps.state.nv.us regarding case number NHP-150501938.

The Winberg family has created a GoFundMe page to raise money for Winberg’s funeral.

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