2 Nevada Union grads critical after crash | TheUnion.com

2 Nevada Union grads critical after crash

A pair of 2009 Nevada Union High School graduates remain in critical condition at a Reno hospital after a traffic accident near Lake Tahoe.

Rochelle Weir-Ford, 18, of Nevada City, was in the intensive care unit at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno on Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Her passenger, Daniel Smith, 18, of Alta Sierra, was also there and in critical condition, hospital spokesman Dan Davis said. He is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, his brother Cody Smith said.

Family friend Jim Bowman told The Union that Smith is an Eagle Scout who graduated last year from NU, as did Weir-Ford.

A Web site created by Smith’s family indicates he had brain surgery to alleviate swelling and bleeding, and he suffered multiple facial fractures and a broken hip. But – he responded with a thumbs-up to a nurse when asked to do so, the Web page reported.

Weir-Ford, who is Smith’s girlfriend, suffered a broken leg, hips and pelvis. Her left lung also was partially collapsed in the crash, the Web site said.

The crash occurred at 2:45 p.m. Sunday in the state of Nevada at the corner of U.S. Highway 50 and State Route 28, just west of Spooner Summit, according to Nevada Highway Patrol Officer Chuck Allen.

Weir-Ford allegedly traveled through a stop sign on Highway 28 and into the path of a westbound pickup truck being driven on Highway 50 by Thomas P. Regan, 63, of South Lake Tahoe, Allen said.

The front of Regan’s truck hit the driver’s side of Weir-Ford’s Subaru Forester, Allen said. Regan was taken to Carson Tahoe Hospital.

All three involved in the crash were wearing seat belts, and alcohol was not involved, Allen said.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4237.

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