Nevada County man dies in La Barr Meadows Road crash |

Nevada County man dies in La Barr Meadows Road crash

A single vehicle crash on La Barr Meadows Road, near E McKnight Way in Grass Valley, claimed the life of 92-year-old driver Richard Bryant Wednesday afternoon.
Laura Mahaffy/ | The Union

A Nevada County man died in a one-vehicle wreck on Wednesday that stopped traffic on La Barr Meadows Road in both directions, Grass Valley police said.

The driver, 92-year-old Richard Bryant, was alone in a Dodge Dakota pickup truck going south around 12:45 p.m. when the crash happened, Sgt. Jason Perry and sheriff’s officials said.

“At some point the pickup truck veered to the right, leaving the roadway and struck a large tree,” Perry added.

The wreck, about 200 yards south of La Barr Meadows’ intersection with East McKnight Way, led first-responders to the scene. They pulled Bryant from the truck and performed CPR. An ambulance then took him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Perry said.

The driver had medical issues, though the cause of his death is unknown, the sergeant said.

“It did not appear from the initial observations from the collision team that there were any attempts to stop,” Perry said. “There were no skid marks.”

Police stopped traffic on La Barr Meadows for at least 30 minutes before opening the northbound lane. Traffic had returned to normal by 2 p.m., Perry added.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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