Driver killed, two passengers injured in rollover crash near Snow Mountain, US 95

Driver killed, two passengers injured in rollover crash near Snow Mountain, US 95. (NHP Jason Buratczuk)

A man is dead, a woman and a 15-year-old are in critical condition after a rollover crash near Snow Mountain and US 95.

The crash took place at 5:01 a.m., when a red 2000 Ford Explorer was driving southbound on US95, north of the Snow Mountain Exit in the left travel lane when the driver allowed the vehicle to enter the left dirt shoulder. The driver then overcorrected to the right and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle overturned ejecting the unrestrained rear seat passenger and trapping the front passenger.

The male driver of the Explorer was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver has been identified as 49-year-old Jose Dominguez from Fallon, Nevada.

The front female passenger who was restrained was airlifted to UMC Trauma with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The unrestrained rear seat passenger, a 15-year-old female was transported to UMC Trauma by ground with critical injuries.

Investigators believe the driver may have been drowsy driving at the time of the crash.

This marks the Nevada Highway Patrol - Southern Commands 5th fatal crash resulting in 5 fatalities for 2018.

For 2018 the Nevada Highway Patrol - Southern Commands jurisdiction has responded to 5 fatal crashes and several other crashes where drivers or passengers were left with critical injuries.

At least 2 fatal crashes drivers weren’t using their seatbelt and in several others, unrestrained passengers suffered critical injuries.

This time last year, the Southern Command jurisdiction had responded to 2 fatal crashes.

NHP sent the following statement reminding driver the importance of a seatbelt:

NHP reminds drivers that seatbelts are the most important piece of safety equipment on our vehicles. At highway speeds, a crash without a seatbelt being worn properly can result in life-changing injuries or death. Wearing a seatbelt may be a personal choice but if
you suffer a critical injury or worse, death, the decision not to wear that seatbelt will greatly impact your family, friends and loved ones for the rest of their lives. No excuses, Buckle Up!!!
When worn properly seatbelts increase your chance of survival by 60 percent.
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