Victim of Alcohol-Related Collision Dies

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Updated: 12/01/2011 11:30 am
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. (KRNV & - On Sunday evening, November 6th, at approximately 6:41 pm, Ms. Hervin was driving her silver 2006 Toyota Scion sedan east on State Route 208 in Douglas County, a two-lane highway where the posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour. Traveling in the opposite direction was a white 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab pickup, driven by 34-year-old Jon E. McElhaney of Gardnerville. There were also 3 passengers riding in the truck with McElhaney. Additionally, the pickup was towing a two-axle flat bed trailer carrying a 1978 Jeep CJ-5 and inside the bed of the truck was a large 4-wheel all-terrain vehicle (ATV).

Mr. McElhaney allowed the truck to drift off the right roadway edge when he attempted to navigate back onto the pavement. The trailer uncoupled from the pickup and traveled into the opposing lane directly into the path of Ms Hervin’s vehicle. When the trailer and the Toyota sedan collided, the Jeep separated from the trailer and rolled over the top of Ms. Hervin’s sedan. The Dodge pickup stopped near the shoulder and did not strike anything and all four occupants escaped injury.

Ms. Hervin sustained serious injuries in the collision and was transported to Reno Regional Medical Center from the scene by Care Flight. She passed away at 1:20 pm yesterday afternoon. On the evening of the crash, Mr. McElhaney completed and failed a series of field sobriety tests at the crash scene and was placed under arrest for felony DUI causing substantial bodily harm. He was transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was booked. He has since posted bail and has been released.

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smokie22 - 12/1/2011 4:03 PM
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Again the drunk lives. Not fair.

nubgnngs42 - 12/1/2011 2:56 PM
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Needless death as are all from DUI drivers. It also sounds like someone was drunk when he hooked his trailer up and tied down the jeep. This is more negligence on his part. That trailer should have never separated nor should have the 4x4 came off the trailer. I think it's time to find a tall tree and short rope! SEND A MESSAGE!

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