Man dies following single vehicle rollover

An unidentified man died following a single vehicle accident during which he was thrown from his vehicle.

The Quincy area office of the California Highway Patrol reported that on Feb. 21 at approximately 7:15 p.m., an adult white male was driving a maroon 1999 Oldsmobile Bravada in the number one lane of southbound Highway 395, north of the Nevada/California state line at an undetermined speed.

The driver allowed his vehicle to drift off the east edge of the roadway, and it traveled onto the brush-covered dirt median.  As the vehicle traveled south through the median, it slid clockwise, dug into the soft dirt, and began t0 roll over. During the rollover sequence, the driver was ejected.

A motorist ahead of the Bravada witnessed the collision, searched the vehicle for occupants, and called 911. Members of the Truckee Meadows Fire Department arrived at the scene and located the ejected driver. During the roll over and ejection, the driver suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Personnel from the Nevada Highway Patrol, Sierra Valley Fire Department, Sierra County Sheriff’s Department, Caltrans, and the California Highway Patrol also arrived at the scene and assisted with the investigation. It was determined that the driver was not wearing his safety belt while driving.  This collision is still under investigation by the Sierra County Sheriff and the California Highway Patrol.