Nevada Highway Patrol troopers say an early morning accident on I-80 near the Sparks Blvd. exit injured four people.
The crash happened just after 7:45am near the Sparks Boulevard off ramp interchange.
Troopers say 18-year-old Matthew Simpson and his passenger, 17-year-old Carissa Leone, ran out of gas and parked his disabled Chevy Blazer on the right side of the interstate. Matthew called his mother, 42-year-old Annemarie of Simpson to bring him some fuel.
When he finished refueling his Blazer, a third car, a Chrysler convertible, heading east, hit the left rear portion of Ms. Simpson's Lexus RX400h. The force of that impact caused the Lexus forward where it hit the rear of the Blazer. When Ms. Simpson heard the crash, she tried to run behind the Blazer, but was pinned between the two SUVs. Matthew was knocked down to the pavement by his own vehicle when it was hit.
Leone stayed inside the Chevy the entire time.
The Chrysler driver was later identified by his passport as 22-yer-old Ismael Ramirez-Lopez with a possible Reno address. Troopers are interviewing him with the assistance of an interpreter to learn more about the accident. Troopers say he is cooperating with investigators.
Troopers say this accident is a perfect example of why drivers need to pay attention at all times.
"If they see an emergency vehicle with its lights on to move over one lane, if you see a car that is disabled and you have room to move over, do so. Distance is always your friend when it relates to moving traffic," says Trooper Chuck Allen.
All four people involved were transported to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno by REMSA. Ms. Simpson suffered very serious injuries while the other three suffered very minor to serious injuries.
The crash caused the far right lane to be closed for about three hours as investigators collected evidence. The lane reopened around 11am.
Witnesses to the crash are encouraged to call Trooper Scott Morron of the Major Accident Investigation Team at 775-689-4625 regarding NHP case number NHP-130314329.