A woman from Hawaii, vacationing over the holiday in Nevada, was killed in a traffic accident Jan. 1 at the Crystal Springs junction of state routes 375 and 318.
The victim, Kristina Andrade, 32, of Aiea, Hawaii, a town on the shores of Pearl Harbor, was the driver of the vehicle. Her passenger, Adriana Botero, 24, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii was life-flighted to Las Vegas in critical condition and her present condition is not known.
Nevada Highway Patrol Sergeant Guy Davis said the accident happened about 5 p.m. Monday evening. A 2016 Hyundai Elantra four-door sedan the women had rented in Las Vegas was eastbound on SR375 at Crystal Springs. It attempted to make a U-turn northbound onto SR318 and was struck by a southbound 2016 Peterbilt tractor trailer hauling 20,000 pounds of paper product, driven by a 30-year man from Oregon whose name was not given. He was not injured and assisted local EMS with life-saving treatment.
NHP said, “The truck struck the driver’s side of the Hyundai and they traveled left across 318 and onto the east dirt shoulder just east of the rest area.”
Pahranagat Valley Volunteer Fire and EMS, sheriff’s deputies, Nevada Highway Patrol, and NDOT responded. Two helicopters were called in but one was canceled after the driver of the vehicle died on scene. The second victim was taken by ambulance to meet Mercy Air at Western Elite.
County Sheriff Kerry Lee speculated the women were vacationing in Las Vegas, and perhaps had driven to Rachel and were returning.
NHP closed the highway for about half an hour then had restricted traffic lanes until about 11 p.m.