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.