South Tahoe police officer among 3 dead in rollover wreck; 4 children survive
FALLON, Nev. — Three people — one of whom was a police officer for the South Lake Tahoe Police Department — who died in a single-car rollover east of Fallon Saturday afternoon have been identified.
The Churchill County Sheriff’s Office said the next of kin were notified on Sunday. The deceased are Mark Hounsell, 42, and his wife, Jeanne Hounsell, 34, of Minden, and Laura Fisher, 33, of Washington, Ill.
Mark Hounsell was hired as a deputy by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. He came to work for the South Lake Tahoe Police Department in 2007.
The Hounsells’ four children, Tyler, 14, Lance, 11, Emma, 6, and Corbin, 4, were hospitalized as a result of the accident.
Mark, his wife, his wife’s friend, and Mark’s four children were returning from a family trip when the rollover occurred, according to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
All the children had varying degrees of injury, but are expected to recover, the department said in a statement issued on Sunday afternoon.
“This tragedy shocks the entire Police Department, Mark’s friends and all who knew this fine family,” according to the statement. “We will be making plans to properly honor and show our respects in the coming days.”
Jeanne Hounsell was a Carson Valley photographer.
The couple attended Lifepoint Church, which issued a statement regarding their loss.
“Today, our church family grieves the loss of two incredible people, Mark and Jeanne Hounsell,” it said. “They, along with a friend from out of town, were killed in an auto accident (Saturday) evening. Their four children survived, two of them are still being cared for at the hospital. For times like these there are no words but our hearts are aching as we realize the tremendous example, legacy, and impact that both Mark and Jeanne have had on our church and community. Please continue to pray for their children, extended family, and many friends in this time of deep loss.”
Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the rollover of a 2004 Chevrolet that occurred shortly after 5 p.m. east of Sand Mountain on U.S. Highway 50 near mile marker 53.
The accident closed both lanes of U.S. Highway 50, but the highway was later re-opened.