Speed and a rough road were blamed for a Tuesday evening crash in Sierra County that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old Reno man.
Andrew Metlenko was a passenger in a 1995 Chevrolet pickup driven by Cory Adam Neill, 18, of Truckee. The pickup was eastbound on Henness Pass Road headed toward Stampede Meadows Road, northeast of Stampede Reservoir, about 6:20 p.m. The pickup was traveling at an unsafe speed on a dirt and gravel road when it entered a curve on a descending grade where it encountered numerous rocks protruding through the surface of the roadway, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.
Neill lost control of the vehicle as he attempted to negotiate the curve, and the vehicle's rear tires started to slide to the right, causing the vehicle to rotate to the left. The front of the vehicle struck an embankment that bordered a drainage ditch. Officials said the impact caused the pickup to roll to the right, partially ejecting Metlenko, who was not wearing a seat belt, through the passenger side window. The rolling vehicle then landed on top of him.
Despite life-saving efforts by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection personnel, Metlenko died at the scene, officials said.
Neill suffered a bruised shoulder, according to the CHP.