Nevada Highway Patrol says that last night at around 9:30pm, troopers were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on Highway 395 just south of the Red Rock interchange.
The preliminary crash investigation details indicate that a burgundy 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser was traveling northbound on the freeway at a very high rate speed. The driver and sole occupant of the SUV, 34-year-old Kariann J. Beechler of Reno, utilized the right paved shoulder to pass a commercial motor vehicle that was traveling in the right travel lane while another vehicle was in the left lane traveling slightly ahead of the big-rig.
Troopers say the SUV departed the right edge of the pavement when the female driver over-corrected her vehicle's steering to the left. The vehicle then traveled across both northbound lanes and rolled over multiple times ejecting her in the event. Beechler sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. No other vehicles were struck in the event, according to Nevada Highway Patrol. Both lanes of north and southbound Highway 395 were closed for about four hours while troopers completed their on-scene portion of the crash investigation. Investigators will have to wait for the results of the toxicology report to see if alcohol was an additional contributing factor to this crash.