Truckee man dies after car strikes tree at Donner |

Truckee man dies after car strikes tree at Donner

An Olympic Valley man was arrested for vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI Saturday morning, after an accident left him in the hospital and his passenger dead.

Thirty-two-year-old Scott White was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol when he drove his 1989 Honda Prelude partially off Donner Pass Road at the west end of Donner Lake, swerved and hit a tree on the opposite side shortly before midnight, according to Nevada County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Officials said the passenger in White’s car was killed instantly.

Eric Ankeny, also 32, who lived only one-half mile from the accident site, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. According to reports, the car hit the tree on the passenger side leaving a foot-deep indentation in the car’s door.

White and Ankeny apparently left Donner Summit Lodge and were on their way home the sheriff’s office said. Immediately following impact, White left the car and walked to a nearby house to report the accident. He remained there until deputies and Truckee Fire Protection District paramedics arrived.

Sgt. Bill Evans, who is the lead investigator on the case, said White was arrested at the scene for vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI and was then transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital where he stayed for the next three days with serious facial injuries and probable minor internal injuries.

The two men worked together at Sugar Bowl Resort on Donner Summit.

White was released from the hospital Monday afternoon on his own recognizance. Preliminary court dates were set for early November.

Second accident

Only hours after the fatal accident, a Tahoe Donner man’s car hit a tree on Glenshire Drive below Olympic Heights. Christopher Padilla, 21, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Padilla’s car hit the tree shortly after 3 a.m. Deputies charged him for the offense at the scene before he was transported by TFPD to Tahoe Forest Hospital with a broken ankle.

Evans said Padilla’s hit the tree with such force as to bend his vehicle’s rear axle.

CHP checkpoints this weekend

California Highway Patrol officials issued a warning about the danger of driving under the influence of alcohol.

There is a sobriety checkpoint planned for Friday, Sept. 25, in Kings Beach, with a second checkpoint possible in Tahoe City that same evening.

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