MLPD reports excessive speed led to crash

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Rollover Crash in Mammoth Lakes

On Wednesday, August 21 at approximately 8:50 pm, Mammoth Lakes Police, Fire, and Paramedics responded to a rollover collision on Old Mammoth Road at Red Fir Rd.  When they arrived they found a Nissan Pathfinder down an embankment and overturned.  The driver, Vasiliy Shkunov, 23 of San Pedro and his 21 year old passenger, Ryan Pluche of Camarillo, were traveling eastbound on Old Mammoth Road at a high rate of speed when Shkunov lost control  in a 15 MPH curve near upper Red Fir.  The Pathfinder missed several boulders and a large pine tree, and collided with the Valentine Reserve wooden fence and came to rest on its roof in the Reserve.

Both occupants were wearing seatbelts and were uninjured.  The follow-up investigation determined that the Pathfinder was traveling in excess of 50 MPH in a posted 15 MPH zone.  The Pathfinder was totaled along with a section of the Valentine Reserve fence, a deer crossing sign, and a snow stake.

Shkunov has been cited for excessive speed.



568 Old Mammoth Rd., P.O. Box 2799, Mammoth Lakes, CA  93546






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3 Responses to MLPD reports excessive speed led to crash

  1. Tim August 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Too many people think their driving skills are exceptional. Unfortunately some of the people suddenly find out, like these guys, that they are below average.

  2. Father O'Twogirls August 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    50 mph around the curve and faster than that through the straight if they’d had the skills to pull it off. Thank goodness for lack of skills! These clowns should be charged with threatening an entire neighborhood. It is a neighborhood…with kids and dogs and bicyclists etc. We can’t wait until winter when Old Mammoth Rd. closes to the lakes basin and all of the doorknobs can only drive 70 mph up Main St.

  3. Dingo August 23, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    A lot of people are driving way too fast in this area, mostly locals. I wish MLPD would patrol this area more.
    I almost wish these nitwits would have hurt themselves so while they are lying in the hospital bed they can reflect on what they could have done to prevent this accident.


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