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South Virginia reopens between Moana and Gentry after hit-and-run crash

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 4:06 AM PDT|Updated: May. 4, 2021 at 10:46 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - 5:30 P.M. UPDATE: S. Virginia is open with one lane of traffic in each direction from Gentry to Moana. Crews are still on scene making repairs to traffic signals.

South Virginia Street is closed in both directions from Moana to Gentry Way while NV Energy works to repair power poles knocked over in a hit-and-run crash.

Reno Police said it will likely be closed until about 5 p.m. Isbell Road is also closed.

The crash happened just before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 4.

Police said a driver in a white Mercedes was heading southbound on Virginia and hit an SUV turning into a parking lot. The driver of the Mercedes also hit a power pole, which knocked power lines onto the SUV causing it to ignite. A fuse box also blew inside the nearby Vagabond Inn lobby, which caused minimal fire damage.

Two people in the SUV were taken to a hospital. The driver had minor injuries, and a female passenger was taken into surgery for a possible broken neck and possible paralysis.

Initially, it was reported that four people in the Mercedes ran from the scene. Upon video review, Reno Police said there was just one person who was in the car and ran off.

Police don’t believe alcohol or drugs were a factor, but speed was.

Nearly 1,600 people lost power because of the crash, but it has since been restored.

Secret Witness is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect wanted in connection with the crash.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call police or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.

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