Nevada man crushed in suspected quake-related death

Nevada man crushed in suspected quake-related deathBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Deputies from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office located a 56-year-old deceased man pinned under a vehicle on July 9 in Pahrump, Nev. Circumstances led investigators to believe that the unnamed man’s death was a result of the 6.4-magnitude earthquake on July 4. The death is so far the only one connected to recent quakes.

According to a release from the NCSO, deputies were dispatched to an area near the intersection of Becky Lane and East Fort Churchill Road around 1 p.m. on July 9, where they discovered the deceased, 55-year-old Troy Ray of Pahrump, pinned beneath an early-model Jeep. He was reportedly last seen July 3 at a Pahrump gas station.

According to preliminary discoveries, the man appeared to be working on the vehicle at the time of his death and the vehicle was jacked up safely, said Sgt. Adam Tippetts of the NCSO. Investigators suspect the quake shook the vehicle off of its supports, causing it to fall on the man.

“An autopsy was conducted and the cause of death was determined to be traumatic asphyxia, with other conditions including blunt-force injury,” said Tippetts. “The manner of death was determined to be accidental. No further information will be released at this time.”

Story First Published: 2019-07-11