Sheriff's Office

PR #:
2021-141
Date Issued:
Sep 27, 2021 - 2:23PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office MAIT investigating critical injury accident, Patrol Deputies likely saved life

Contact:
Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is investigating a critical injury accident between a vehicle and a motorcycle which occurred late September 25, 2021.

At approximately 10:00 p.m. Saturday night Patrol Deputies responded to a crash between a motorcycle and SUV at the intersection of Lemmon Drive and Patrician Way within minutes of the collision.

Patrol Deputies came upon the motorcyclist in the roadway with critical injuries to his leg and immediately began lifesaving measures. Multiple tourniquets were applied to the rider’s lower extremity prior to medical crews arriving on scene. The man was transported by ambulance to an area hospital.

Initial findings indicate the motorcyclist was traveling northeast on Lemmon Drive. The driver of the SUV was travelling southwest. The driver of the SUV attempted a left turn onto Patrician, and the biker collided with the vehicle. There were no skid marks indicating an attempt by either driver to stop.

The driver of the SUV remained on scene and cooperated with investigators. The driver of the SUV passed Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs).

Speed may be a factor in this collision. While nobody was cited at the scene this is an ongoing investigation.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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