NHP says SUV used in hit-and-run was stolen

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- The Nevada Highway Patrol has released new information about a hit-and-run that took place Monday, saying the SUV used in the crash was stolen.

Shortly after 5PM January 7, 2019, troopers were called to the crash on Sun Valley Boulevard near Skaggs Circle. The driver of a red GMC Envoy SUV (photos attached to this story) had driven onto the northbound travel lanes of Sun Valley Boulevard from the Domino’s Pizza parking lot, not yielding the right-of-way to a gray Ford Ranger pickup. The driver of the Ranger hit the Envoy, causing the Ranger to overturn.

Witnesses said two young females got out of the Envoy after the crash and ran off. The driver of the Ford Ranger sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

NHP says the GMC was reported as stolen shortly after the crash, and that based on witness information and surveillance photos taken from a nearby business, the females appear to be Hispanic and in their late teens to early twenties. One appears to be about 5’8" and 170 pounds with shoulder-length black hair; she was wearing a black hooded jacket and black leggings. The second appears to be about 5’6" and 130-140 pounds with black hair in a bun, a black jacket and black leggings. They were seen after the crash walking eastbound on Skaggs Circle.

The Envoy's license plate number is 572-AXV. Nevada Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help finding the two females. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Matt Thompson at (775) 687-9600 or matthew.thompson@dps.state.nv.us.

Meanwhile, troopers have tracked a driver and SUV used in a hit-and-run December 31, 2018.

The crash took place on the Plumb Lane onramp to southbound Interstate 580 in Reno. The vehicle used to drive from the scene was photographed by the victim. It was a gold Chevrolet SUV with Nevada license plate 945 ZEL.

After media reports with that information, the investigating trooper received information that the SUV had been moved down the road from the registered owner’s address with the license plates removed. Since then, the person who was driving the SUV at the time of the crash has come forward with her attorney to provide a witness statement. She was then issued a citation for hit-and-run causing property damage and failing to use due care.

NHP photo of Sun Valley crash scene 1-7-19.