A motorcyclist was killed in an accident on U.S. 395 on Friday.
RENO — Friday at 1:01 p.m., troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol were dispatched to an accident involving a motorcycle that took place on southbound U.S. 395 in Reno near the Glendale Avenue interchange. The preliminary crash investigation details indicate that a black 2010 Nissan Versa 4-door sedan was traveling south in the second lane from the left of the four southbound lanes. Traveling in the third lane, or to the immediate right of the lane occupied by the Nissan, was a burgundy colored Kawasaki motorcycle. It appears the driver of the Nissan failed to observe the motorcyclist as he attempted to change lanes. The right side of the Nissan struck the left side of the motorcycle. The motorcycle and rider, identified as a 48-year-old male resident from Sun Valley, traveled toward the Glendale off ramp where he and his bike struck an interchange exit sign. The motorcyclist sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Renown Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance. He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital at 1:31 p.m. His identity will be released after the family has been properly notified.
The driver of the Nissan, 61-year-old Mark S. Davis of Grass Valley, Calif., was not injured in the collision. Troopers from the Major Accident Investigation Team will be completing the investigation and witnesses are encouraged to call Trooper Mike Gocke regarding case no. NHP-1105060789.
The accident resulted in the far two southbound lanes as well as the Glendale off ramp to be closed for nearly three hours. Nevada Department of Transportation personnel assisted with the temporary lane closures. All lanes were completely re-opened at about 3:50 p.m.
As a safety reminder, motorists should be aware of other vehicles when making lane changes. Because of their small stature and overall size, motorcycles are more difficult to see. With the warmer temperatures we are experiencing, there will be more motorcycles out on the highways and roadways.