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Highway Patrol releases new information on South Carson fatal crash

Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 1:44 PM PST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2021 at 9:40 AM PST
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - NOV. 23 UPDATE: Highway Patrol investigators have released their preliminary report on the Spooner Junction crash that killed a Dayton couple.

Troopers say a Ford F-350 Super Duty pickup truck traveling east on US-50 failed to stop at a red traffic light at South Carson Street. The truck was towing a 44-foot yacht, and the truck suffered what is described as extreme brake failure.

The yacht and trailer reportedly weighted about 37,000 pounds, but the truck was rated for a max payload of 21,000 pounds.

The truck hit a GMC Sierra 1500 pickup traveling south on South Carson Street. The collision separated the Ford pickup from the yacht trailer and the boat continued through the intersection for a considerable distance.

A Mercedes Benz SUV drove over the tongue of the yacht trailer and burst into flames. The trailer then hit a Nissan Xterra. A victim from the Xterra remains in critical condition.

Two people in the GMC Sierra, 70-year-old Tana Powell was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, 74-year-old Don Powell was pronounced dead at Renown Regional Medical Center.

Several other vehicles were involved, resulting in minor injuries.

The driver of the F-350, Roney Gonzalez Otazo, remains in custody at the Carson City Jail.

Roney was booked on charges including felony reckless driving resulting in death and misdemeanor counts of operating an unsafe vehicle, obstructing, failure to obey traffic control device, failure to obey a red traffic light and no valid driver’s license.

Rolando Gonzalez Otazo Roney
Rolando Gonzalez Otazo Roney(Carson City jail)

NOV. 10 UPDATE: The Nevada Highway Patrol confirms that brake failure is suspected in Tuesday’s fatal crash at Spooner Junction, the intersection of I-580, S. Carson and Highway 50.

The crash killed two people and injured 9 others. Three remain in critical condition.

A total of eight vehicles were involved.

The NHP says the driver of a Ford pickup truck, Rolando Gonzalez Otazo Roney, was arrested on multiple charges. Gonzalez’s truck was pulling a boat.

The NHP is dealing with a multi-vehicle fatal crash at the US-50 / I-580 / S. Carson...
The NHP is dealing with a multi-vehicle fatal crash at the US-50 / I-580 / S. Carson intersection.(KOLO-TV)

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