While the trooper was investigating the first accident, a white Hyundai lost control, blocking the off-ramp. A white van driving too fast for conditions lost control, struck the Hyundai and the highway patrol vehicle, with the trooper still in the driver’s seat, and the red Oldsmobile.
This accident is still being investigated by the Nevada Highway Patrol. The trooper sustained minor injuries and was taken to Carson Tahoe Hospital for precautionary measures.
Carson City Sheriff’s Department responded to assist in traffic control. A deputy was setting up safety flares when a silver Saturn traveling southbound driven by Cecilia Rose Norma Ristau, 20, of Carson City lost control on the snow-covered roadway and slid toward the deputy. The Saturn began to spin sideways while the deputy attempted to run from the vehicle. The Saturn struck the deputy, sending him over the hood of the vehicle, and the Saturn continued into the cement barrier wall. The deputy was transported to the Carson Tahoe Hospital for minor injuries.
Ristau was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, DUI drugs, speed too fast for conditions and possession of drug paraphernalia.