For Immediate Release
PR #:1300047
Date Issued:Apr 26, 2013 - 12:14pm

Sheriff's Office investigates a fatal motorcycle versus wild horse accident on Whiskey Springs Road

CASE #:WC13-2549
WHEN:Thursday, April 25, 2013 at approximately 9:03 p.m.
WHERE:Whiskey Springs Road/Amy Road in Sparks, Nevada (Palomino Valley area)
VICTIM/S:Beard, Adrian - a 60-year-old Sparks, Nevada resident
CONTACT:Deputy Armando Avina - Public Information Officer
911 Parr Blvd Reno, NV 89512
Office 775-328-6370

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office patrol division and Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) investigated a fatal traffic accident involving a motorcyclist versus a wild horse in the Palomino Valley area on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at approximately 9:03 p.m.  The collision occurred on Whiskey Springs Road near Amy Road.

The Sheriff's Office has confirmed with the Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office that a formal identification and next of kin notification has been completed.  The deceased motorcyclist has been identified as Adrian Beard, a 60-year-old Sparks, Nevada resident.  Mr. Beard succumbed to his injuries at approximately 9:34 p.m.

A few yards away from the collision scene, deputies located a deceased wild horse which was determined to have been involved in the fatal collision.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was notified. 

Driver impairment and speed do not appear to have contributed to this fatal accident.  Investigators believe Mr. Beard was riding within the posted speed limit when the wild horse ran out in front, not allowing Mr. Beard sufficient time to stop or avoid the collision with the animal.

The Sheriff's Office urges all motorists to be aware that there are wild animals that travel near our roadways.  These animals' movements are extremely unpredictable and they will most commonly jump out in front of traffic.      


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.

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