South Virginia between the 431 Interchange and Damonte Ranch is back open, after a fatal accident closed the major roadway Sunday afternoon.
Reno Police, the Nevada Highway Patrol and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash that happened 4 p.m. Sunday.
A preliminary investigation reveals the driver of a Mercury Sable was trying to make a left turn into the parking lot of the Tamarack Junction, when it struck a Ford Roadster.
"There were two people in each vehicle,” Nevada Highway Patrol Sgt. Tom Lawson said. “Both drivers and the passenger in the Mercury were transported to Renown Medical Center with serious injuries. The passenger of the red Roadster succumbed to injuries at the scene."
South Virginia Street was closed as authorities tried to figure out what happened. However, they say it’s too early to tell whether alcohol or speed were factors.
"All that's under investigation,” Sgt. Lawson said. “We sent a trooper to the hospital to speak to the drivers."
Sgt. Lawson says this accident serves as a reminder to always be on the lookout when attempting to make left turns on busy streets.
"Don't look directly in front of your vehicle,” Sgt. Lawson said. “Look ahead to see what's coming ahead of you. You never know when someone may attempt to make a left turn in your path. Sometimes there isn’t enough time to respond."
The names of the people involved in the accident have not been released. The medical examiner will be conducting an autopsy on the woman killed, sometime Monday.