Boy remains in hospital after fatal wreck

A Silver Springs boy remained in critical condition Monday following a fatal accident Saturday night in which a family member was killed.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper J. Winchester said Giovani Reyes, 10, was listed in critical condition at Renown Regional Medical Center.

About 9:18 p.m. Saturday, Giovani and 9-year-old Ezquiel Mendoza were riding northbound in a 2001 Kia Sedona on Highway 95 Alternate in front of the Village Market when a southbound 1997 Ford F250 pickup driven by David Tonini, 54, of Silver Springs, crossed the center line and hit the Kia head on.

The impact of the crash killed the driver of the Kia, 29-year-old Margarito Leon of Silver Springs.

Leon was pronounced dead at the scene. Winchester said Monday that the relationship between Leon and the boys had not yet been established.

Both children and Tonini were flown by helicopter to a Reno hospital where Ezquiel and Tonini were treated and released.

A trooper that went to the hospital to talk with Tonini allegedly said the former Silver Springs volunteer firefighter smelled of alcohol, according to Winchester.

Tonini submitted to a blood draw to determine if he was under the influence of alcohol. The results will not be available for weeks.

Winchester said a beer can that was found in Leon's car could have been unopened and exploded from the impact of the crash. An alcohol screening will be performed

on Leon during the autopsy.

Charges are pending the results of the toxicology tests.

Contact reporter F.T. Norton at ftnorton@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1213.

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