Update: Two die on Mt. Rose due to speeding

Published: Apr. 30, 2020 at 6:59 PM PDT
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6:30 p.m. Friday update:

The Nevada Highway Patrol on Friday released more details about a fatal crash that killed two Thursday on the Mount Rose Highway and Sundance Drive.

The NHP said at about 5:45 p.m., a 2005 Ford Mustang was stopped in the westbound lane of the Mount Rose Highway at the traffic light at Wedge Parkway behind a Dodge Viper. The Dodge was originally described as an Audi R8.

Both vehicles accelerated from the light, with the Mustang following the Viper, and they reached speeds of 25 mph to 30 mph over the speed limit. Witnesses reported the vehicles were driving aggressively, but the NHP said an investigation showed they were only speeding.

Due to improper gear shifting, the Mustang went into a broadside skid, hit a curb and overturned into a tree, the NHP said. Driver Jon Weber, 54, of Reno, a retired Washoe County Sheriff’s Office deputy, was declared dead at the scene, the NHP said. Passenger Carole Malley, 55, of Reno was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Earlier story:

The Washoe County Coroner has identified the two people killed in a crash Thursday on the Mt. Rose Highway near Wedge Parkway and Sundance Drive in South Reno.

It was reported around 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

For unknown reasons, a silver Mustang veered off the road and into trees. The driver was killed and the passenger was taken to the hospital in critical condition. About an hour later, troopers tell us the passenger also passed away.

The driver has been identified as Jon Weber, 54, of Reno. The passenger was Carole Kerkla, 55, also of Reno.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office posted on its Facebook page, that Weber had recently retired from the Sheriff's Office after a 23 year career.

Troopers are looking a red and black Audi R8 possibly with a spoiler seen racing the other vehicle before the crash and continued west.

Call the Reno NHP Substation at (775) 687-9600 if you can help with the investigation.

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