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NHP Releases Names in Deadly New Year's Day Accident on Mt. Rose Highway

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Manuel Mejia-Verduzco Manuel Mejia-Verduzco
The Nevada Highway Patrol has released the names of everyone involved in a deadly head-on accident on Mt. Rose Highway near Incline Village on New Year's Day.

Troopers say just before 6:30 p.m., 34-year-old Manuel Mejia-Verduzco was heading west in a 1998 silver Isuzu Rodeo on the highway when for some unknown reason he crossed over the center line and hit a blue 2003 Jeep Liberty driven by 27-year-old Irma Gouadarram.

Mejia-Verduzco's passenger, 40-year-old Hugo Soto-Barrios was flown by Care Flight to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno where he later died.

Gouadarram suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was released from Renown the next morning.

Gouadarram's passengers, 38-year-old Anna Acosta and 45-year-old Norea Maria Pelayo-Garcia remain at Renown in serious condition.

After the crash, troopers say Mejia-Verduzco fled the scene. Through eyewitness accounts, troopers say they were able to locate him at his Incline Village apartment inside a bathroom suffering from a broken left arm and broken left leg.

He was taken to the hospital for treatment, and then transported to the Washoe County Detention Center where he was booked on charges of driving left of center, hit and run with death, three charges of hit and run with injuries, failure to render aid and not having a valid driver's license.

Troopers say alcohol may be a factor in this accident.

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