Teenager sustains life-threatening injuries in Pleasant Valley crash

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- The teenager involved in the crash on US 395 southbound and Ames Lane is currently on an artificial life-support system at Renown.

The crash happened yesterday around 4pm. Nevada Highway Patrol says 17-year-old Heather Brown of Washoe Valley was driving a gold 2003 Dodge 4-door sedan south, and for reasons still being investigated, Brown abruptly steered her vehicle to the left causing the sedan to travel across the center turn lane and both northbound travel lanes before going off the road. NHP says her vehicle then hit a tree and rolled over through a section of fence before coming to rest on its roof.

She sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash and was transported to Renown Regional Medical Center by REMSA personnel. As of this morning, Brown is currently on an artificial life-support system at the hospital as a result of the extensive injuries she suffered in the event.

The accident caused the temporary closure of both northbound lanes for nearly five hours where emergency vehicles were staged so that troopers could capture the roadway evidence and complete their on-scene portion of the investigation.

The Nevada Highway Patrol's Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is investigating this tragic event. Witnesses to the crash are encouraged to contact Trooper Doug Hildebrand at (775) 689-4623 or regarding case number NHP-130423030.