RENO, NV - A Reno man is charged with DUI causing substantial bodily harm and driving the wrong way on a divided highway after a crash Saturday morning.
The Nevada Highway Patrol says shortly before 3AM, dispatchers started getting phone calls about a green pickup headed south in the northbound lanes, almost hitting several vehicles, on US 395 near Bordertown, north of Reno.
Shortly before troopers got there, the truck hit an SUV head-on. The driver of the SUV, 44-year-old Lesbia Bojorquez, was trapped and had to be extricated. She was hospitalized with serious injuries.
The pickup driver, 40-year-old Richard A. Garska of Reno, failed a breath test at the scene, and was taken to the Washoe County Jail after being treated for superficial injuries.
The NHP offers this advice: As a safety reminder to all motorists, especially during the hours of darkness and where there isn’t a long line of sight ahead, always drive in the right lane of a multiple-lane highway. Almost every crash involving a wrong-way driver takes place in the left lane. It is suspected that those motorists who drive the wrong-way on a highway are so grossly intoxicated and confused that they believe or assume they are traveling in correct direction and in their own right travel lane.