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5-Year-Old Girl Dies in Pursuit Crash on Sutro Street in Reno

RENO, NV (May 6, 2021) – The life of 5-year-old Sariah Sheppards ended Wednesday night after a deadly car crash on E. 9th Street.

The incident happened just before 7:00 p.m., on April 28, at E. 9th Street and Sutro Street.

According to reports, Sariah and her mother were driving home when a fleeing vehicle struck them along the road.

Sariah’s mother survived with minor injuries. Responding rescuers rushed the young girl with life-threatening injuries to Renown Regional Medical Center for further treatment.

Tragically, the girl was declared dead at Renown several hours after the crash.

Meanwhile the suspect, 33-year-old Jesse Bennett of Eugene, Oregon was arrested. He now faces multiple charges including DUI and possession of drugs for sale.

A GoFundMe page was launched to help the family of Sariah Sheppards during this hard time.


The attorneys at Sweet James would like to extend their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sariah Sheppards.


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