Washoe Deputy Killed in Early-Morning Accident

Washoe County Sheriff's Office
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A Washoe County sheriff’s deputy was killed early Tuesday when he was involved in an accident while responding to a call.

Deputy John Wiberg II, 38, was en route to Dottie’s Casino in Lemmon Valley on a report of an armed robbery when he lost control of his patrol car shortly after 2 a.m. on U.S. 395 north of Reno, the sheriff’s office said.

Wiberg’s patrol car slid cross the median into southbound lanes, striking a white minivan, authorities said.

The minivan struck Wiberg’s vehicle at the driver’s side door. The sheriff’s office said it took about a 30 minutes for emergency crews to extricate him from the wreckage.

Wiberg, a 14-year department veteran, was taken to Washoe Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the minivan, Nguyet Thi Vo, 36, was taken to the hospital with head injuries. She was listed in stable condition, the sheriff’s office said.

Road conditions at the time were slick as a spring storm brought rain and snow to the region overnight.

Wiberg was a field training officer who received the department’s Bronze Star in 2002 for a struggle with a felon. The year before, he received a Lifesaving Award for his actions during a traffic accident.

Wiberg leaves behind a wife and four daughters, ages 12, 8, 6, and 4.

Funeral arrangements were pending.