- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

DAYTON, Nev. (AP) - Authorities say alcohol may have been a factor in a head-on crash that killed a 75-year-old Dayton man and injured a Nevada state trooper whose vehicle was parked along U.S. Highway 50 about 25 miles east of Carson City.

Reno police investigating the accident identified the victim of Monday afternoon’s crash as Jack Charles Mynear.

The trooper, who has not been identified, remained hospitalized in Reno Wednesday with moderate but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police Sgt. Alan Hollingsworth says a preliminary investigation determined Mynear was eastbound in a 1999 BMW when he crossed over the median and collided with the trooper’s marked vehicle on the westbound shoulder near Stagecoach about 5 miles east of Dayton.

Hollingsworth says the investigation is continuing but “it appears alcohol may be a factor.” Witnesses reported Mynear was driving erratically just before the crash.

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Eds: This story corrects an earlier version that indicated the Nevada Highway Patrol was the source of the report on the preliminary investigation. Reno police are leading the investigation and issued the statement Wednesday.

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