The victim, identified as 54-year-old Gary Holster died on Saturday. Holster was not in a marked crosswalk at the time of the accident. The driver of the vehicle that hit him has been identified as a 85-year-old Reno resident who contacted authorities after reading about the accident.
On the night of the accident, the elderly driver was unaware she had struck a person, but rather thought she had struck an unknown object in the roadway. The driver pulled over at the time of the accident, exited her vehicle but did not see the victim she hit about 50 yards back on the darkened stretch of road.
Upon learning of the accident in the newspaper, the elderly driver contacted authorities. The case is being forwarded at this time to the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office for review. The driver has not arrested at this time based on a number of factors and is cooperating completely in the investigation. Neither alcohol or speed are believed to be factors in this case.
Hostler was hit at about 6:20 p.m. Thursday in the 2500 block of Longley Lane. He had just left the convenience store and told the clerk he was planning on walking to downtown Reno. As Hostler crossed the four-lane boulevard he was hit by a southbound vehicle. He was not in a marked crosswalk or near an intersection. The vehicle was seen stopping for a short time before driving off and leaving the scene. Hostler was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center where he died.