Two vehicle accidents in the county last week left one man dead and another in critical condition.
Sheriff Kerry Lee reported that on Sept. 29 around 7 a.m., just south of the county line near the Geyser Ranch north of Pioche on U.S. 93, a motorcyclist, who had crashed earlier that morning, was located by a passersby.
Lee was notified on Oct. 1 by the Nevada Highway Patrol (NVP) fatality team in Las Vegas that the man had died at UMC in Las Vegas.
According to the Alamo office of the NHP, the unnamed 62-year old man from Las Vegas was riding south on U.S. 93 when, about 1:30 that morning, his 2016 Triumph motorcycle struck a coyote crossing the road and went off on the east side of the highway, overturning and throwing the rider off.
The man was unable to flag down other motorists and covered himself with a sleeping bag and spent the night until he was found the following morning, Sept. 30.
Lee said EMTs who responded talked with the man, who gave his statement, and although he at first wanted to decline medical treatment, was later convinced to go to the hospital in Caliente. From there he was Life Flighted out to Las Vegas suffering from a punctured lung, broken ribs, and other abrasions.
Lee stated that the man reported he also crashed the day before while riding in the Rudy Mountains and sustained minor injuries.
The other accident occurred about 4 p.m., Sept. 28, on SR 375 at Coyote Summit, east of Rachel.
Lee said an unnamed middle-aged man and an eight-year-old male were injured in the accident.
Reports noted the child suffered head injuries but was conscious. The adult sustained critical injuries and was unable to move. The child was taken by Pahranagat Valley ambulance and met a Medic West ground unit, while Life Flight was dispatched to Rachel to transport the adult to Las Vegas.
The condition of both persons is unknown at this time.