Crash on I-80E causes severe injuries to one; hospitalizes 3 others

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Updated: 3/15/2013 1:48 pm
UPDATE - 12:01PM - NHP says the driver of the Blazer was 18-year-old Matthew H. Simpson of Sparks and his passenger was 17-year-old Carissa Leone. The mother has been identified as 42-year-old Annemarie Simpson of Sparks.

NHP says Simpson sustained very serious injuries while the other three had injuries ranging from very minor to serious.

The driver of the Chrysler was identified by his passport as 22-year-old Ismael Ramirez-Lopez with a possible Reno address.

Troopers are interviewing him with the assistance of an interpreter at the hospital to learn more about the crash and to hopefully determine why he allowed the vehicle he was operating to depart its lane. He is cooperating with investigators.

Witnesses or anyone with additional information should contact him at smorron@dps.state.nv.us or (775) 689-4625 regarding case number NHP-130314329.




UPDATE - 11:30AM - All lanes are now open.




(News 4 photographer Jeff Deitch)
(News 4 photographer Jeff Deitch)
SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A crash on Interstate 80 eastbound near Sparks Boulevard has caused injuries and is currently blocking one lane of traffic.

According to Trooper Chuck Allen with Nevada Highway Patrol, around 8 this morning, an 18-year-old male driver along with a 17-year-old female passenger were out of gas for their burgundy Chevy Blazer and were parked on the shoulder on I-80 East, immediately west of the Sparks Boulevard off-ramp.

The mother of the 18-year-old male, arrived shortly after with her Lexus SUV and helped her son fill the gas tank of his Blazer. Allen says at that time, another male driver was driving a white Chrysler convertible on I-80 and hit the back of the Lexus SUV that was parked on the shoulder behind the Blazer. The Lexus was pushed into the Blazer and the mother was pinned between both vehicles while trying to run out. The force of the collision knocked the 18-year-old male to the ground.

The 18-year-old male, 17-year-old female, mother and male driver of the convertible were transported to Renown with the mother having the most serious injuries. Her status is unknown at this time.

The #3 traffic lane is blocked.

NHP is still on scene investigating the crash. NHP has given no time as to when they'll open the lane.



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N8E PAIUTE - 3/18/2013 8:46 AM
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I HOPE THE MOM IS DOING WELL...AWFUL JUST AWFUL

N8E PAIUTE - 3/18/2013 8:44 AM
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ALL YOU IDIOTS COMPLAINING ARE THE ONES DRIVING LIKE SPEED-FREAKS, LOL. MY ADVICE TO YOU IDOTS WHO DRIVE STUPID: LEAVE 1/2HOUR EARLY TO YOUR DESTINATION AND THAT WAY YOU WON'T BE DRIVING STUPID...STUPID. LET'S NOT BLAME NDOT FOR EVERYTHING, LET'S THE DMV FOR GIVING OUT LICENSES LIKE CANDY. NEWAYZZ - HAVE A GOOD ONE...

Kramer - 3/17/2013 10:25 AM
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the leadfoot who ran into pulled-over vehicles wasn't thinking nor praying...

Speed - 3/15/2013 11:31 AM
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At least YOU live in the area. Imagine what it's like for me when I only get to Reno once every other year or so. It's even more of an "adventure" driving my one ton truck towing a loaded trailer-NO sudden moves allowed! Every trip is a new learning experience.

Kramer - 3/15/2013 11:08 AM
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meanwhile, going onto 80 at Sparks Blvd., I see dipsy-doodle 3 lanes for the "Legends" traffic to in...yet there is only a narrow 1-lane blind access onto 80 which also requires high-speed lane jockeying, and believe U me, plenty of jackasses are jockeying and cutting in. NDOT: what a joker design!! I-10 Ontario Mills and even hwy. 17 at the Coliseum have this pattern but with better/more lanes.

Kramer - 3/15/2013 11:03 AM
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My thoughts are: while I'm in this area, I see people driving 80 or so as they "bust loose" out of the Nugget squeeze. Then, even with an extra lane on the right, it is very nerve-wracking to merge/exit with an eye out 4 trucks. I think "what sort of engineering bozo works at NDOT?" because the barrier walls increase the tunnel-vision attitude of clueless drivers.

buacl - 3/15/2013 10:51 AM
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My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the people involved.
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