Reno Police Hunts Hit-&-Run Driver Involved in Moped Rider’s Death

Posted on July 19, 2012

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Reno police are looking for the hit-and-run driver who hit and carried a moped rider for several hundred feet about 11 p.m. July 7 in North McCarran Blvd. and Northtowne Lane.

The moped rider was identified as 44-year-old Eric Thomas of Reno who died at the Renown Medical Center hours after the fatal accident.

According to police investigators, Thomas was going west on McCarran Boulevard near Northtowne Lane in the bike lane when a silver or gray mid-size sports utility vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Trailblazer, overtook and struck his moped. He remained attached to the SUV for several hundred feet before separating. There were witnesses who told the police that the SUV driver made no attempt to stop and render assistance to the critically injured moped rider. The SUV drove away reportedly westbound on McCarran toward U.S. Highway 395.

Investigators say the gray or silver mid-sized SUV might have been a 2003-2009 Toyota 4-Runner or Tacoma, possibly with a camper shell. Police believe the SUV will have front-end damage.

In Nevada, a driver who leaves the scene of an accident, especially when the accident causes injury or death, can be subject to serious criminal charges such as felony hit and run.

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