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NHP: Driver of WCSO vehicle turned in front of motorcyclist on Geiger Grade

A motorcycle involved in a fatal crash with a Washoe County Sheriff's Office vehicle is loaded onto a truck.
A motorcycle involved in a fatal crash with a Washoe County Sheriff's Office vehicle is loaded onto a truck.(Dan Pyke/KOLO)
Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 5:21 PM PDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2020 at 11:46 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The initial investigation into a fatal crash involving a motorcycle and a Washoe County Sheriff’s Office SUV reveals the driver of the SUV turned in front of the motorcyclist.

The crash happened Friday, October 16, 2020 just before 5 p.m. near the 7-Eleven at 1145 Geiger Grade Road.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said the driver of the sheriff’s office SUV was driving east and made a left turn into the 7-Eleven in front of the motorcyclist who was heading west on Geiger Grade.

The motorcyclist, identified as 74-year-old Joel Edwards of Sparks, hit the passenger side of the SUV. Edwards was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene.

Geiger Grade was closed in both directions at the south end of Reno for about four hours.

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