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March 5, 2014
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NHP says speed, alcohol contributed to fatal I-80 crash

Speed and alcohol contributed to the death of a man who crashed his pickup on Interstate 80, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

The man was identified Wednesday as 63-year-old Michael A. Lomax of Tacoma, Wash.

Authorities say dispatchers received multiple calls from drivers reporting a reckless driver Monday night on I-80 between Sparks and Fernley.

A trooper in the Fernley area headed west to try to intercept the vehicle, which was clocked traveling at 90 mph.

The patrol says that the officer was preparing to make a U-turn to stop the eastbound pickup when the driver crashed into the median and overcorrected, sending the truck into a roll.

Lomax was ejected and died several hours later. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt.


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The Nevada Appeal Updated Mar 5, 2014 10:48PM Published Mar 5, 2014 02:07PM Copyright 2014 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.