Deadly Weekend Across Northern Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Six people were killed on northern Nevada roadways over the long Memorial Day weekend, the Nevada Highway
Patrol said Tuesday.

A motorcyclist was killed Friday night when he ran into an elk on U.S. 6 about 25 miles east of Ely. Gregory Pichon, 55, of Zephyr Cove, was thrown from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene. The animal also was killed, authorities said.

Earlier that day, the patrol said Gerald Durbin, 74, of Pioche, was driving west on Route 319 about 100 miles southeast of Ely when
he lost control of his 1992 Lexus, causing the car to roll.

Durbin, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and killed, the patrol said. A passenger who was wearing a seat belt was taken to a hospital in Caliente.

Also on Friday, a Gardnerville couple was killed in a head-on collision on U.S. 395 about 10 miles south of their hometown.

Norman White, 73, and his wife, Virginia, 70, were in a classic 1955 Pontiac sedan that collided late Friday afternoon with a pickup. The pickup driver was treated at a hospital and released.

On Saturday, an Elko man was killed when the pickup he was riding in overturned on Route 293, about 40 miles north of Winnemucca.

The NHP said a preliminary investigation indicates Eduardo Orozco, 29, was ejected when the truck drifted off the road and overturned.

An 80-year-old Henderson man also was killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 95 Alternate about 20 miles north of Yerington.

Donald F. Smith was traveling alone and pronounced dead at the scene early Saturday afternoon, the patrol said.

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