A Riverside teenager was killed Saturday in a rollover car accident in Nevada. According to a press release issued by the Nevada Highway Patrol, Yeats Brannick, 18, who was a passenger in a car driven by another Riverside resident, died after he was ejected from a 2001 Volkswagen Beetle that overturned while travelling westbound on Interstate 80 at about 5 a.m. on Jan. 17 just east of Fernley, a town in western Nevada.
Also injured in the accident were the driver of the car, Simonas Vanagas, 18, of Riverside, a 17-year-old Riverside girl and 18-year-old Matthew Pioch of Kingston, Illinois.
The girl is a student at Riverside-Brookfield High School. Pioch formerly lived in Riverside.
Vanagas suffered minor cuts to the upper extremities, according to police. He was treated and released from Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.
The 17-year-old girl, who was also ejected from the car, is being treated for a non-life threatening back injury, police reported. Pioch was also treated for a non-life threatening injury.
Trooper David Gibson, public information officer for the Nevada Highway Patrol, said he was told by investigating officers that the vehicle was registered to the girl, but that it was insured by Vanagas.
In addition, Gibson said that the highway patrol’s investigation revealed that the teenagers told their parents they were traveling to Wisconsin.
“Our investigators were told that the kids had told their parents that they were going to Wisconsin,” Gibson said. “And I was told that they may have left Illinois Thursday evening [Jan. 15] and drove straight through until they had the accident Saturday morning here in Nevada.”
According to police, Brannick and the girl, who was in the front passenger seat, were not wearing seatbelts when the car flipped over. Brannick was sitting in the right rear passenger seat when the car drifted into the center median while travelling in the left lane. The driver, Vanagas, apparently swerved to the right to get out of the median and the car flipped over.
Vanagas and Pioch were wearing seatbelts, according to police.
Brannick, a 2014 graduate of Riverside Brookfield High School, was transported by Care Flight to Renown Medical Center where he died of his injuries.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, 80 E. Burlington St. in Riverside. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, at St. Mary Church in Riverside.