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Driver identified in fatal truck-into-lake crash in Mono County

This is a screenshot of a video released by the Mono County Sheriff's Office of the recovery of as Gerald Christopher Simmons, 61, of Las Vegas.and his vehicle from Upper Twin Lake.
This is a screenshot of a video released by the Mono County Sheriff's Office of the recovery of as Gerald Christopher Simmons, 61, of Las Vegas.and his vehicle from Upper Twin Lake.(Mono County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 4:01 PM PDT
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BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (KOLO) - UPDATE JULY 9, 8:30 P.M. The driver of a vehicle that crashed into a Mono County lake Wednesday has been identified as Gerald Christopher Simmons, 61, of Las Vegas.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office dive team arrived Thursday to help recover the body and the vehicle from Upper Twin Lake, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office said.

ORIGINAL STORY: A driver died Wednesday morning in a crash that ended up in Upper Twin Lake in Mono County, about 26 miles southwest of Mammoth Lakes.

The accident happened about 7:50 a.m. on Twin Lakes Road about eight-tenths of a mile west of Charlie Day Road, the California Highway Patrol said. A passenger in the 2013 Chevrolet pickup said the driver suffered some sort of medical event and the truck veered off the road and into Upper Twin Lake.

The passenger got himself out of the vehicle and swam to the shore. The vehicle came to rest about 75 feet to 100 feet from the shore and about 19 feet down, the CHP said. It does not appear that alcohol or drugs were a factor.

As of Wednesday afternoon vehicle removal was still underway.

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