**NEWS RELEASE**NEWS RELEASE**NEWS RELEASE**
TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MAMMOTH LAKES
On Sunday, October 5 at approximately 5:40 pm Mammoth Lakes Police Officers and Mono County Paramedics responded to the scene of a solo motorcycle traffic collision on Meridian Blvd. near Valley Vista Drive. Both the driver and passenger were transported to Mammoth Hospital. The passenger, a 21 year old female, visiting from out of the area, was pronounced deceased. Her name is being withheld pending notification to next of kin. The driver of the motorcycle, Edgar Lee Weaver, Jr., age 31 of Mammoth Lakes, was flown to Renown Medical Center in Reno in critical condition.
The investigation is being handled by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department with technical assistance provided by the Bridgeport office of the California Highway Patrol.
The preliminary investigation indicates that excessive speed and alcohol were involved. Weaver was arrested for Penal Code Section 192(c)(1) (Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence), but not booked due to his hospitalization.
Anyone with information is requested to contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011.
Update on October 6, 2014:
Notification to the next of kin of the passenger has been made. The passenger on the motorcycle was Rebecca Anne Dempsey, age 21, who was visiting the United States on a Visa from the United Kingdom. Her hometown is London, England.