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NEAR I-15 AND ROUTE 160

Construction site accident leaves one person dead

One person died in a highway construction accident Tuesday morning, the Nevada Highway Patrol confirmed.

Trooper Joseph Fackrell said the accident happened about 6:30 a.m. on state Route 160 near Interstate 15 and involved a front-end loader.

It appears the accident happened off the roadway.

RIFLE FIRED FROM VAN

Reno 17-year-old sentenced to prison for drive-by shooting

A 17-year-old from Reno has been sentenced to 12 years to life in prison for a drive-by gang slaying that authorities say he committed last August with his older brother at the wheel.

Antonio Cardenas apologized Monday to the family of 16-year-old Michael Vega, who was killed when Cardenas opened the sliding door of a van and opened fire with an assault rifle into a group of rival gang members in a McDonald’s restaurant parking lot.

Cardenas said he didn’t know Vega, and only meant to scare the group.

Washoe District Judge Janet Berry imposed the sentence after a jury found Cardenas guilty March 20 of second-degree murder.

Cardenas’ brother, 18-year-old Luis Cardenas, faces trial next month.

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