SPARKS, NV - Nevada Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a crash that left four people hurt Friday morning.
It happened on eastbound Interstate 80 in Sparks near the Sparks Boulevard offramp interchange shortly before 8AM. Troopers say a Chevrolet Blazer SUV and a Lexus RX400h SUV were parked on the eastbound right-hand shoulder, the Lexus behind the Blazer.
Earlier in the hour, the driver of the Blazer and his passenger had parked because they ran out of gas, and the driver called his mother to take him some fuel. When she showed up, the driver put the gas in the Blazer, and while doing so, a white Chrysler approached in the far right lane.
The driver of the Chrysler hit the rear of the Lexus, which moved forward and hit the Blazer. The mother who had provided the gas was pinned between the two SUVs while trying to run out of the way. She is being treated for serious injuries. Her son was knocked down to the pavement by his own vehicle when it was struck. He, plus his passenger in the Blazer and the driver of the Chrysler, are being treated for a wide range of injuries, as well.
The driver of the Chrysler was identified by his passport as 22-year-old Ismael Ramirez-Lopez, with a possible Reno address. Troopers are interviewing him with the assistance of an interpreter at a hospital to learn more about the crash and to hopefully determine why he allowed the vehicle he was operating to depart its lane. He is cooperating with investigators.
The crash caused the temporary closure of the far right lane of Interstate 80 near the crash scene for about three hours so investigators could capture the roadway evidence and complete their on-scene portion of the investigation. The lane was re-opened a few minutes after 11:00 am.
Trooper Scott Morron of the Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating this crash. Witnesses or anyone with additional information are asked to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (775) 689-4625 regarding case number NHP-130314329.