Name released of woman killed in head-on crash east of Sparks

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - The Nevada Highway Patrol has released the name of a Fernley woman killed in a head-on crash on Interstate 80 between Sparks and USA Parkway.

Troopers were called Sunday, September 2, 2018 shortly before 2:30AM to multiple reports of a wrong-way driver on Interstate 80, traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes. Minutes later, dispatch was called about a crash involving the wrong-way driver on Interstate 80, about five miles west of USA Parkway.

The preliminary investigation indicates the wrong-way driver, in a Chevrolet HHR SUV, hit an eastbound Chevrolet Tahoe SUV. The wrong-way driver, 21-year-old Katie Marie Russell, was killed. The driver of the Tahoe was flown to a hospital with serious injuries.

If you saw the crash, or have any information about it, you're asked to contact Trooper Chris Kelly of the Nevada Highway Patrol Multi-Disciplinary Investigation and Reconstruction Team at 775-687-9649 or ckelly@dps.state.nv.us regarding NHP Case #180900096.


Photo courtesy NHP
Photo courtesy NHP
Photo courtesy NHP