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Crashes and wrecks in Tahoe

Shannon Darling, Sun News Service

CEDAR FLAT – The California Highway Patrol is asking for help in capturing a man believed to be responsible for a hit-and-run in Carnelian Bay of a bicyclist.

On Sunday between the hours of 6:30 and 7 a.m. Sharon Peplau-Bayliss, 55, of Kings Beach was riding her mountain bike south bound on Carnelian Bay Road near the Fibreboard Freeway. A black, older model, two-door sedan approached the victim from the rear. She was struck and run over by the suspect’s vehicle. The driver stopped his vehicle got out and got back into the vehicle. He backed up past the victim who was on the ground pleading for help and then drove off, according to California Highway Patrol Officer John Sattler.

The suspect was last seen on Carnelian Bay Road heading toward the Fibreboard Freeway. Peplau-Bayliss is in fair condition at Washoe Medical Center.

Head-on collision

ALPINE MEADOWS – A head-on collision Tuesday morning on River Road south of Alpine Meadows tied traffic up for close to an hour Tuesday morning

The driver of a blue Nissan pickup, David Haworth of Rio Linda, Calif., was driving his pickup south on River Road when he drifted into the northbound lane. Haworth’s pickup first sideswiped a Ford Explorer before colliding head-on with a red Ford pickup, said California Highway Patrol officer John Sattler.

All three of the drivers were wearing their seat belts. The driver of the red pickup, Glen Rupiper, 46, from Fairfield, Calif., received major injuries and was taken by helicopter to Washoe Medical from Tahoe Forest Hospital. The driver of the Ford Explorer, Alan Shattuck, 60, from Greenbrae, Calif., received no injuries and Haworth received minor injuries and was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital.

Asleep at the wheel

WEST SHORE – Scott and Jill Bailey, both from Chico, Calif., received minor injuries after their black Pathfinder rolled near Hurricane Bay on West Lake Blvd. Monday evening.

Both victims were wearing their seat belts and were “lucky,” according to the North Tahoe Fire Protection District.

The apparent cause of the single vehicle accident was drowsiness. Jill fell asleep at the wheel and the Pathfinder flipped before landing between two trees.

“People just drive way too fast down this road,” said Dennis Grissom, who saw the vehicle shortly before he heard the car wreck.

The crash was so severe, clothes that were in the car flew up into the trees, said witness Klint Volk.

Hit-and-run suspect

Suspect: Hispanic Male Adult, late 20s to early 30s, about. 6-foot tall, medium build, clear olive complexion with a thin mustache

Vehicle: Older black two-door sedan, good condition with shinny chrome. Damage to left front bumper, left corner of hood and left under carriage.

If you have any information, contact the highway patrol at 587-3518.


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