Update: Names released of the two men killed in Tuesday wreck on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore | SierraSun.com

Update: Names released of the two men killed in Tuesday wreck on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore

Courtesy of Nevada Highway PatrolThe scene from the accident on Highway 28 Tuesday afternoon.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and#8212; Two men were killed and six others injured in a three-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore near Sand Harbor State Park.

According to Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Edgell, a Ford F350 pickup truck was southbound up the winding two-lane highway when driver Miguel Perez, 26, crossed the center line and struck the trailer of a northbound Cinderlite tractor trailer driven by Mark Thorpe, 54, of Yerington, at about 3:30 p.m., some four miles from the junction with U.S. Highway 50 West.

Edgell said a Ford Taurus carrying two men and two women appeared to have pulled as far right in the lane as possible, but were struck head-on by the Ford pickup. The impact flipped the truck and sent the flattened Taurus into a rock wall lining the road.

The driver, Michael Rapanaro, 57, from New York, and passenger Charles Farlow, 59, of Reno, died at the scene. The highway patrol released the names Wednesday.

Backseat passengers Lori Brown, 57, of Reno, and Rhonda Farlow, 57, were critically injured and taken from the scene by ambulance to a rescue helicopter in Incline Village. They were being treated Wednesday at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

Perez’s two sons, ages 13 and 14, and an adult male passenger were taken from the scene with moderate injuries. Edgell said Perez suffered minor injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

The accident shut down traffic in both directions for about five hours, opening to through traffic at about 8:35 p.m.

Edgell said this accident raises the total of fatalities on Northern Nevada roads between January and July to 36, five shy of the total number of fatalities in 2010.

and#8212; Kevin MacMillan contributed to this report.

Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User