Impairment suspected of leading to fatal crash on US 50

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SILVER SPRINGS, Nev. (KOLO)-- The Nevada Highway Patrol says a driver who caused a fatal crash Friday night is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

About 6PM February 8, 2019, troopers were called to the crash on Highway 50 near the intersection with Topaz Street in Silver Springs.

The preliminary NHP investigation indicates the driver of a white Ford F-350 pickup was headed southbound on Topaz Street approaching the intersection with US-50. The driver of an Infiniti M45 sedan was headed east on 50 approaching the intersection. The driver of the Ford failed to yield the right of way and drove into the intersection, at which point the Infiniti hit the Ford.

Both drivers were flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, where 40-year-old Michael Gazard of Silver Springs, the driver of the Infiniti, died.

Results are pending of drug tests on the driver of the pickup, but NHP says impairment is suspected. No word has been released on that driver's condition.

The Nevada Highway Patrol is looking for additional witnesses. If you saw it, or have any information about it, you're asked to contact Trooper Aimee Chesebrough of the Nevada Highway Patrol Multi-Disciplinary Investigation and Reconstruction Team at 775-687-9649 or achesebrough@dps.state.nv.us.


Photo courtesy NHP
Photo courtesy NHP
Photo courtesy NHP