Woman killed in car wreck near Truckee was Calfire firefighter
This story has been updated from an earlier version to indicate that CHP described “weather conditions” at the time of the accident as “cold, clear and dry.” The earlier version incorrectly reported that “conditions” were as such. The Sun regrets the error.
More tragedy for CA public responders
Today’s news comes after the California Highway Patrol reported Monday that Officer Nathan Daniel Taylor died Sunday from injuries suffered Saturday while in the line of duty on Interstate 80 near Truckee.
TRUCKEE, Calif. — A Northern California firefighter died Sunday from injuries suffered in a multi-vehicle wreck Friday evening near Truckee.
Kirstin Jane Snook, 25, was a firefighter with Calfire. She was off duty at the time of Friday’s wreck.
Snook also worked locally at Northstar California, according to her Facebook page.
Calfire confirmed Monday her death with the following statement:
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of CAL FIRE Firefighter Kirstin Snook. Kirstin, 25, of the Summit area, passed away from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident while off duty. Kirstin had been with CAL FIRE for 1 year working in the Santa Clara Unit as a Fire Fighter 1 as well as a Volunteer Firefighter with the Santa Cruz County Fire Department, Company 36. Kirstin’s lifelong dream was to become a career firefighter and she was working towards that goal.
“Her presence will be deeply missed. Please join us in sending thoughts and prayers to her family and her crew as they grieve this tragic loss.”
According to the California Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred at about 6:35 p.m. Friday on Highway 89 South, about 1 mile south of Goose Meadows, roughly halfway between Truckee and Squaw Valley.
Snook was driving northbound on 89 at an unknown rate of speed in a 2006 Toyota, while Tony Michael Garule, 51, of Reno, was driving southbound at a “stated speed” of 45 mph in a 2013 Ford.
For reasons still being investigated, Snook reportedly lost control of her vehicle, according to CHP, colliding head on with Garule’s Ford.
As a result, Snook’s vehicle traveled back into the northbound lane, where vehicles driven by three others collided with Snook’s vehicle.
Snook suffered major injuries and was flown via CareFlight helicopter to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, where she died Sunday.
Garule and Sean Kerrick Sullivan, 30, the driver of a third vehicle, were transported by ground ambulance to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee with moderate and minor injuries, respectively.
The other two drivers — of Petaluma, Calif., and Homewood, both 22 — were not hurt.
While the accident remains under investigation, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor, according to CHP.
Weather conditions at the time of the crash were described by CHP as “cold, clear and dry.”
However, the highway was reportedly quite icy due to wet weather that day followed by a fast cold snap into the evening, according to witness reports.
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