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McQueen High School teacher identified as pedestrian killed on I-80

EB I80 is closed after a pedestrian was hit by a semi.
EB I80 is closed after a pedestrian was hit by a semi.(Nevada Highway Patrol)
Published: May. 4, 2021 at 8:15 AM PDT|Updated: May. 4, 2021 at 4:50 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner has identified a man killed on I-80 at Mogul Tuesday morning as Stephen Rice, 50, of Reno.

According to a letter to parents, Rice was a science teacher at McQueen High School.

The crash happened around 7:15 A.M. Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said Rice was walking in the right travel lane on eastbound I-80 near Mogul Road. A semi-tractor-trailer towing doubles was heading eastbound in the right travel lane and swerved into the left travel lane to avoid hitting Rice. The front of the semi hit Rice and he was declared dead at the scene.

Eastbound lanes were closed during the investigation, but have since reopened.

There is no word yet on why Rice was walking on the Interstate.

Read the full letter from the principal of McQueen below:

Dear McQueen Families,

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the sudden and unexpected death of our beloved science teacher, Mr. Steve Rice. He was a central part of our McQueen Family and will be deeply missed by all of us. Our thoughts are with the Rice family.

Although classes will continue as usual, I anticipate that the next few days will be difficult for everyone. The school district is committed to helping our students, staff, and families cope with this tragedy. McQueen counselors and the district crisis support team have been assisting at McQueen today and will be readily available to provide continued support.

It is possible that your child may have some feelings and questions that he/she may like to discuss with you. You can help your child by taking time to listen and by encouraging them to express their feelings. All children are different and will express their feelings in different ways. We encourage you to access available resources and contact information listed on the email Connect Ed. Please keep an eye on your child and let us know how we might support you and your child.

Out of respect for the family and the opportunity to heal during this time, please help us to provide empathy and compassion to all of our McQueen Community.

Sincerely,

Amy Marable

McQueen Principal

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