Two drivers who were part of Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) motorcade have been cited by the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) for a six-car pileup which occurred in late October. According to the NHP, the two drivers, Michael Percival and Cory Mikkelson, were responsible for the highway crash. Percival, an officer with the U.S. Capitol Police, was cited for following behind another vehicle too closely and making an unsafe lane change. Mikkelson, who was driving a pickup truck registered to the Metropolitan Las Vegas Police Department, was also cited for following another vehicle too closely. Mikkelson is from Las Vegas.
According to the police report, the car crash involved two private cars, two city police vehicles, and two Capitol Police vehicles. The city police and Capitol Police vehicles were part of Senator Reid’s motor caravan. Though Reid, 72, was wearing his seatbelt, he was slightly injured in the crash, so was rushed to the University Medical Center as a precaution, where he walked into the hospital under his own power. An emergency room examination showed the highest ranking U.S. Senator had rib and hip contusions. Reid was released after no other injuries were found. Other members of Reid’s staff and security detail sustained minor injuries and were also evaluated at University Medical Center.
Under Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 484B.127, any driver of a vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway. Drivers found guilty of driving too closely to another vehicle (also known as tailgating) will be assessed a fine, the amount dependent on whether it is the driver’s first, second, third, or more traffic offense.
Reid was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 and became majority leader in 2007. In 2010, Reid’s wife, Landra, and their daughter, Lana, were injured when their car was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer truck on a Virginia highway near Washington. Landra Reid suffered a broken neck and back, while Lana Reid received several cuts and suffered dizziness.
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