Name Released of NDOT Worker Killed By Truck; Driver Arrested

Mario Alfonso Calzada-Sotelo courtesy Lander County Sheriff's Office
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BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NV - The driver of a truck that hit and killed an NDOT worker Monday has been arrested.

March 30, 2015, about 9:30AM, Nevada Highway Patrol troopers responded to a crash on I-80 westbound at mile marker 227, west of Battle Mountain.

Troopers say the investigation indicates a big rig was approaching a Nevada Department of Transportation crew of two men. The NDOT employees were working in the area of the right shoulder repairing cracks in the concrete. The driver of the truck drove onto the shoulder, hitting 47-year-old Ronald Raiche Jr. of Battle Mountain, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 30-year-old Mario Alfonso Calzada-Sotelo from Tijuana, Mexico, stopped the truck.

Calzada-Sotelo was taken into custody for Involuntary Manslaughter, Due Care, and no valid CDL (Commercial Driver’s License). Alcohol and other drugs do not appear to be contributing factors, according to troopers.

Any witnesses to this accident are encouraged to call the Nevada Highway Patrol at 775-753-1111 and ask for Sgt. Tamrah Jackson, or Trooper Zach Peterson.

NDOT released this statement: "Today’s event are a tragic reminder of how important it is for all motorists to drive safely through road work zones. We at NDOT want to remind all motorists to drive safely through road work zones– for their own safety and for the safety of all road workers working to improve Nevada roads. Drivers should always give their full attention to the road and follow all road work zone signs and speed limits, keeping a safe distance from other vehicles, traffic barriers, construction equipment and road workers. Another important tip is to plan ahead to give yourself extra travel time if you know you will be traveling through a road work zone."