Gardnerville man one of three killed in accident
August 9, 2005
A Gardnerville man was one of three people killed in a collision on Highway 395 in Bodie Flats on Sunday evening.
Norman Sharkey Jr., 36, of Gardnerville; Gabriel Ortega, 27; and his father, Eugene Leroy Sandoval, 59, both of Henderson, Colo., were killed, according to Trooper Larry Barnes of the Nevada Highway Patrol.
A service for Sharkey, who once managed Superior Car Wash in Gardnerville, is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Heritage Park.
Friend Terry Martinez said Sharkey lived in Carson Valley for about a dozen years.
“When he left the house at about 5 p.m., he said he was headed out to shoot,” Martinez said.
Sharkey was an auto mechanic and worked with several youth groups in the Valley.
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“He dressed up as Santa and went to visit the old folks homes with the 4-H kids,” she said. “He passed out candy.”
Martinez said Sharkey was a member of the Active 20-30 Club and coached inline hockey and youth baseball.
Sharkey was killed Sunday when his pickup crossed the center line south of China Spring on Highway 395.
The truck hit a Swift tractor-trailer carrying driver Ortega and passenger Sandoval about 5:49 p.m.
The collision set off ammunition inside the pickup truck and sparked a wildfire that burned about five acres on both the east and west sides of the highway. More than 10 engines responded to the blaze, which witnesses described as a wall of fire.
Douglas County deputies and the NHP closed the highway between Riverview Drive and the 395 junction with Highway 208 until early Monday morning.