A woman died at the scene of a car accident in the Reno area after another vehicle hit her in a “t-bone” fashion as she was attempting to make a left turn. The woman was 73 years old.
According to police who were investigating the accident, the woman had just turned left in an intersection when a car, which was being driven by someone under the age of 18, ran in to the side of the vehicle. Apparently, the other car entered the intersection while the woman was already attempting to make a turn.
Police are still investigating the accident and are trying to locate witnesses, as they say that several people who saw the accident but were not involved directly did not remain at the scene to give statements. Police have indicated that they are not yet sure what role, if any, drugs and alcohol played in this tragedy.
Still, even at this early stage, the circumstances of this accident serve to remind Nevada residents of a couple of items with respect to car accidents. The first is that, even if there is no traffic light, there are still rules governing who gets to go through an intersection first. A failure to yield the right-of-way can lead to a serious or even deadly accident, particularly when a driver blows through an intersection at a high speed without slowing down to check for cross traffic.
Second, given their lack of experience, it is even more important for young drivers who have just gotten their licenses to make sure they are driving carefully and staying alert behind the wheel. When they do not do so, even despite their young age, they and their parents can still be held financially accountable for causing an accident. In this case, depending on the outcome of the police investigation, the family of the victim will want to explore this option.
Source: Reno Gazette Journal, “Woman dies in south Reno crash,” Feb. 16, 2018.