Kings Beach man involved in fatal wreck not same person in 2009 deadly crash |

Kings Beach man involved in fatal wreck not same person in 2009 deadly crash

Staff Report

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — While California Highway Patrol officials are still investigating a fatal collision in Tahoe City on Tuesday, July 26, rumors have swirled around North Lake Tahoe that the man who caused the wreck was the same person who was involved in another fatal collision in 2009.

A CHP spokesperson have confirmed that the driver, Brandon Norling, 33, of Kings Beach, is not same man who was involved in the 2009 fatal in Santa Maria in Southern California.

Norling was driving the car that hit and killed Tahoe City’s Raymond Elam, 53, who was driving his golf cart at the time on Tuesday, July 26, on State Route 28. 

In 2009, a teenager named Brandon Norling was charged with causing a fatal accident while texting and driving in Santa Maria. Norling later, in 2011 the he was 18 years old, spoke about the risks of distracted driving. 

Several community members have asked if this was the same Norling involved in the Tahoe City crash but a CHP spokesperson confirmed that they are not the same person. 

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