Crash Victim: Alex M. Moore of Walnut Creek

Twenty-one-year-old was walking in highway New Year's morning, struck by highway patrol car, then run over by shuttle bus in Stateline, Nev.

The victim of a pedestrian-two vehicle, fatal accident early New Year's Day in Stateline, Nev., has been identified as Alex M. Moore, 21, of Walnut Creek, the Nevada Highway Patrol announced Tuesday.

Moore was walking in the left eastbound travel lane of U.S. Highway 50, just east of Lake Village Parkway, wearing denim jeans and a black jacket at about 12:40 a.m. Sunday, when he was struck by a 2011 Ford Expedition California Highway Patrol vehicle, according to a Nevada Highway Patrol media release. The CHP vehicle was driven by Officer Joshua J. Varanini, 38, of Truckee.

"Evidence at the scene shows Officer Varanini applied the brakes of his SUV and steered the vehicle to the right to avoid striking the walker," the NHP release stated. "The left front portion of the patrol vehicle stuck the man who was forced into the opposing westbound travel lane."

In that lane, Moore was then run over by a westbound white 1998 Ford F-450, two-axle, passenger shuttle bus, driven by James L. Eastland, 38, of Sparks, Nev. There were no passengers on the bus. Both Varanini and Eastland were uninjured in the accident, NHP reported.

The victim appeared to have alcohol in his system, NHP troopers said.

In that area, Highway 50 is a four-lane highway separated by a double-yellow line. The posted speed limit is 45 mph.

A couple of miles to the west, in a corridor of casinos at the Nevada-California state line, some 30,000 New Year's revelers were partying it up, Lake Tahoe News reported.

Moore was pronounced deceased at the scene. Troopers from the NHP Major Accident Investigation Team are analyzing the accident.

On New Year's morning the highway was closed for several hours, and reopened at 4:36 a.m.

Witnesses or anyone with additional information regarding this tragedy are asked to contact Nevada Trooper Eric Gallagher at (775) 689-4661 regarding case number NHP-120100102.


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