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Police: Sparks Man Out on Bail After Fatal Accident

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Kellene Stockwell & Adam Rasmussen
Channel 2 News

A Sparks man is out on bail after police say he hit KTVN sports anchor JK Metzker in a hit-and-run accident.

23-year-old Ryan Rhea was arrested Sunday and charged with one felony count of hit-and-run causing death after the Nevada-Hawai'i football game at Mackay Stadium.

Reno police say Rhea confessed to the accident and that he had alcohol in his system.

Police also say there were about half a dozen witnesses at the scene when the accident happened and they've been the real difference makers in this investigation. "From the time that the accident occurred, to the time that we had the suspect vehicle stopped, thanks to a Washoe County deputy who happened to be in the area, was eight minutes," says Reno Sgt. Jim Stegmaier.

Police say JK was crossing Virginia Street eastbound near 17th Street with four friends when he was hit. All of friends made it safely, but JK was walking behind them and didn't make it.

The driver of the vehicle who hit JK drove off, but another vehicle on the scene followed the car and called police.

An arraignment date has not yet been made.

Investigators say additional charges may be filed pending results of blood tests.

Investigators will take witnesses back to the accident scene when it's dark outside to get more details about what they saw.

Police say the community is helping with this investigation and it's an example of not only good police work, but also good citizen-work.

"The chief was very impressed that these people took it upon themselves to actually do the right thing with a moments notice. You have to make a snap decision, do you pursue or not? And these people realized the gravity of what they had just seen," says Sgt. Stegmaier.

The 41-year-old Metzker had worked for KTVN-TV in Reno for nearly 14 years. He's survived by his wife, Jaimie, and three sons. 

All of us here at KTVN-TV and Channel 2 News send our thoughts and prayers and deepest condolences to the Metzker family.

If you'd like to share your condolences, you can post them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/metzkerfamily or mail them to the Metzker family in care of KTVN-TV, 4925 Energy Way, Reno, NV 89502.

KTVN has set up an account through Wells Fargo Banks for donations to JK Metzker's family. It will open for donations beginning tomorrow at any Wells Fargo location.

Donors should inform tellers the money is for a donation account and the name of the account is the ‘Metzker Family Fund.' (acct # 5867974627)

A memorial service for JK Metzker is being held this Friday at 2pm at Our Lady of the Snows at 1125 Lander Street.

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