NU grads critical after crash near Lake Tahoe |

NU grads critical after crash near Lake Tahoe

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

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

Her passenger, Daniel Smith, 18, was also there, according to hospital spokesman Dan Davis.

The Nevada Highway Patrol officials confirmed Weir-Ford’s hometown as Nevada City, but had no address for Smith.

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

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

Weir-Ford allegedly traveled through the 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.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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