A Grass Valley man has been arrested on suspected drug use following a traffic accident in Incline Village that left two pedestrians dead. Nevada Highway Patrol troopers responded to a pedestrian involved collision on SR 28 in Incline Village Friday night around 8:00 p.m. According to Highway Patrol the crash involved a black 2006 Chevrolet pickup that was traveling southbound on the two-lane highway. Twenty five year old Christopher Smith, of Grass Valley was behind the wheel and had three passengers in the truck.
Witnesses’ statements and evidence at the scene indicate the pedestrians were in or close to the painted crosswalk area on State Route 28 in Incline Village when they were struck by the southbound pickup.
The male pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene and the female pedestrian died from her injuries while en route to Renown Medical center. . They have both been identified as 46-year-old Robert C. Mathis and 46-year old Linda Mathis, husband and wife, from Incline Village.
Troopers suspect that drug use was involved in this collision and Smith was arrested. He was booked at the Washoe County Jail on two counts of DUI, causing death and failure to yield to a pedestrian. His total bail was listed at $60,200 dollars and he was released from jail over the weekend.