NHP: speed, alcohol, contributed to fatal crash



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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Highway Patrol says speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the death of a man who crashed his pickup on Interstate 80.

The victim was identified Wednesday as 63-year-old Michael A. Lomax of Tacoma, Washington.

Authorities say dispatchers received multiple calls from motorists reporting a reckless driver Monday night on I-80 between Sparks and Fernley.

A trooper in the Fernley area headed west to try to intercept the vehicle that was clocked traveling at 90 mph.

The patrol says as the officer was preparing to make a U-turn to stop the east bound pickup when the driver crashed into the median and then overcorrected, sending the truck into a roll.

Lomax was ejected and died several hours later.

He wasn't wearing a seat belt.

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