Monday’s accident leaves Tahoe Vista man with brain trauma |

Monday’s accident leaves Tahoe Vista man with brain trauma

TAHOE VISTA “-A Tahoe Vista man suffered a serious head injury Monday after he was involved in a car accident on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore. Manuel Sanchez, 32, was in very serious condition Tuesday at Renown Health Care in Reno, said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen.

Two others were transported to area hospitals with injuries suffered from the two-car accident Monday morning near the Thunderbird Lodge on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore.

According to the Patrol, Manuel Sanchez and 20-year-old Jovani Sanchez were traveling southbound in a gold Chrysler minivan on State Route 28 just south of the entrance to the Thunderbird Lodge, about five miles north of U.S. Highway 50 near the Carson-Washoe county line. That’s where Manuel Sanchez lost control of his vehicle and slid into the northbound lane, running into a United Parcel Service delivery truck.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene at about 10:15 a.m., including deputies from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, officers from NHP and paramedics from the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District.

Manuel Sanchez suffered serious head trauma and needed to be forcibly extracted from the vehicle.

According to NHP, he was transported to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno via CareFlight helicopter. Tuesday he was suffering from injuries to the head and chest, Allen said.

Jovani Sanchez, also suffered injuries, though not to the extent of the driver and was transported to Renown via CareFlight. The helicopter picked them up near U.S. 395 and U.S. Highway 50 west, where they were transported via ambulance.

The driver of the delivery truck, 52-year old Gary Kvasnicka, also suffered minor injuries and was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe, via ambulance.

Sgt. Mike Wright of the WCSO said tow trucks cleaned up the area, and the road was open again to both lanes of traffic at about 12:15 p.m.

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