Death Investigation at Park in Sparks

Sparks Police say the man who died at Cottonwood Park on Saturday is Ronald Robin Whipple, 28, of Sparks.

Investigators say Whipple had been swinging over the Truckee River from a rope tied to a tree that afternoon, when he lost his grip, fell, and hit his head on a rock in the river.

Sparks P.D. says one of Whipple’s friends pulled him from the river and tried to revive him. Whipple was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.


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