Fallon man identified in fatal I-80 crash near Patrick

Published: Jun. 6, 2022 at 7:50 AM PDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2022 at 1:27 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Nevada State Police released new information about last week’s fatal crash on I-80 near Patrick involving four vehicles.

Troopers responded just before 7:30 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2022 to I-80 westbound just west of the Patrick exit.

According to investigators, the driver of a Studebaker changed lanes from the slow lane to the fast lane as traffic was slowing. The driver, identified as 81-year-old Edwin Gieratz, rear-ended a Ford Fusion traveling in the fast lane, which was then pushed into a Toyota Tacoma.

Investigators said Geiratz’s vehicle spun into the path of a tractor-trailer that was heading westbound in the slow lane. The front of the tractor-trailer hit the right side of Geiratz’s vehicle. Geiratz was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the Studebaker. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

This crash remains under investigation. If you have any information that can help investigators, you are asked to send an email to and reference case #220600363.

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