FERNLEY, NV - A Lovelock teacher was killed in a rollover on I-80 Thursday night, and Highway Patrol troopers tracked the driver accused of being at fault after he ran.
Around 7:20 Monday night, troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol were dispatched to a crash involving two vehicles about 30 miles east of Fernley.
According to NHP, the driver of a 1998 blue Ford Windstar van, 47-year-old David D. Lillie of Montana, was heading east on I-80 when he rear-ended another car.
The impact of the crash forced the Toyota sedan driven by 56-year-old Mary E. Ryan of Lovelock, a 26-year teacher at Pershing High School, into the median where it rolled, resting on its hood.
Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene.
Troopers say Lillie attempted to flee in his vehicle and eventually stopped approximately a half-mile east of the crash scene. The driver of a commercial motor vehicle who witnessed the crash followed the errant driver and flashed his truck’s lights until Lillie pulled over onto the right paved shoulder and stopped. He received minor injuries in the collision and displayed signs of drug impairment.
Lillie was transported to Banner Churchill Community Hospital in Fallon by ground ambulance where he was treated and medically released a short time later.
Upon being medically cleared, Lillie was placed under arrest by NHP and taken to the Churchill County Detention Facility, where he was booked for reckless driving causing death, hit and run from a fatality accident, and driving under the influence of drugs causing death. He remains in custody with a total bail of $600,000.
The Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating this event and witnesses or anyone with additional information are encouraged to call Trooper Dan Gordon or Trooper Eric Gallagher at (775) 689-4661 regarding case # NHP-111204841.