Fernley man identified in fatal motorcycle crash on I-80 west of Derby Dam

Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter

The Nevada State Police Highway Patrol Division has identified the person killed in a motorcycle crash May 1 on Interstate 80 near Derby Dam as a Fernley man.

According to the Highway Patrol, on Sunday, May 1, at approximately 6:32 p.m., troopers responded to reports of a motorcycle crash on westbound I-80 and Washoe County mile marker 35 in Sparks.

Preliminary investigation indicates the driver of a black 2009 Honda CBR600 motorcycle was traveling west on I-80 near Washoe County mile marker 35. The driver steered the motorcycle right to avoid tire debris in the #1 travel lane. The motorcycle continued across the #2 travel lane, striking the guardrail. The driver was ejected from the motorcycle.


The driver of the Honda, Jonathan Christensen, a 31-year-old Fernley resident, succumbed to his injuries from the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This crash is being investigated by the Highway Patrol Division’s Northern Command West Multi-Disciplinary Investigation and Reconstruction Team (M.I.R.T.) – Case #220500035 anyone has any information about this crash, please send an email to and reference the case number.

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