Victim idenified in deadly motorcycle crash on Geiger Grade

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Updated: 3/03/2013 10:43 pm
UPDATE: The motorcycle rider is identified as 24-year-old Kyle Banko of Carson City.

(Nevada Highway Patrol)
(Nevada Highway Patrol)
RENO, Nev. (Nevada Highway Patrol News Release) - On March 2, 2013 at approximately 1:58pm, NHP troopers responded to an injury crash involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle on SR341, above the lookout (approximately 5 miles south of the junction with US395).

Preliminary investigation revealed a motorcycle (sport bike) traveling northbound on SR341 towards Reno passed a silver Subaru Outback traveling in the same direction. The motorcycle passed the Subaru while in a no passing zone. The motorcycle struck the left side of the Subaru and the rider was ejected.

The 24 year old male from Carson City was transported to RENOWN Medical Center by Care Flight where he died as a result of his injuries. The occupants in the Subaru, a 28 year old female from Gardnerville, Nv and her two young children (4 year old child, and a 3 month old infant) were not injured from the collision.

The highway was closed for approximately 30 minutes while the rider was being treated at the scene, and for Care Flight to land. Traffic was routed around the accident in the southbound travel lane while the accident was investigated. The highway was completely opened at 6:26pm.

This crash is being investigated by the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.). If you have any information regarding this accident, please contact Trooper Scott Morron, #300 at 775-689-4623, or the DPS communication center at 775-687-0400.
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becks10 - 6/9/2014 11:55 AM
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LASD1096 and Daddyooo....I agree with April. I travel Geiger Grade everyday and alot of accidents are caused by slow and oblivious people who do not know the road. It's called "Pull out at the turnouts and don't get pleasure from controlling ones speed". The motorcycle didn't pass the person safely and paid the price. The mother driving the subaru was most likely an idiot and JERK for not pulling out. Fact: Most subaru's on Geiger Grade (from experience) drive below the speed limit and never pull out. Get a clue!

Daddyooo - 3/27/2013 4:44 PM
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April if someone is doing the speed limit then oh well go cry some where else.... No one has to yield to you because you want to drive fast or drag a knee

LASD1096 - 3/4/2013 6:25 PM
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april, what makes you think the mom and kids were at fault and not pulling into the turnouts? Do you suppose that maybe the speed freak on the bike could have possibly been at fault and that his actions put the family in the car in danger? I have gone up geiger when the bikes go screaming past, you don't even see them until they are upon you. Nice of you to "ASSume" the woman caused this. What an idiot.

April - 3/3/2013 8:20 PM
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I've ridden on Geiger and I know how frustrating it is to be stuck behind someone who absolutely refuses to use any one of the numerous turn out in order to let other traffic pass. Never been tempted to pass in a no passing zone, though. Tragic someone made the wrong decision and paid so dearly for it. Hopefully drivers will read this and consider using the turn outs when they see someone behind them wanting to pass.

madmatt - 3/3/2013 8:47 AM
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I used to be this guy. 10 yrs later, and a little wiser, I highly recommend doing riding like this on the race track. It cost more, but I'm still alive. Have no real desire to ride Geiger when I can grind my knee in every turn on a closed course. No cars, cops, animals(usually), and medics on sight.

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