Berkeley man injured in crash that killed driver charged with murder in earlier shooting on Nevada highway

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Laron Edward, left, is seen in a booking photo released by the Washoe County Jail; at right, an image of the crash site from the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Laron Edward, left, is seen in a booking photo released by the Washoe County Jail; at right, an image of the crash site from the Nevada Highway Patrol.

A 51-year-old California man injured as a passenger in a crash on Interstate 80 in Reno that killed the driver has been charged with murder in connection with a shooting reported on the highway minutes earlier.

Laron Edward of Berkeley was being held Monday in the Washoe County Jail without bail. He also has been charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm from a vehicle and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

He was riding in a black 2016 Acura driven by Nichoel Davis, 40, Grand Rapids, Michigan, who was killed in a crash at about 6:30 a.m. Friday a few miles east of the California-Nevada line.

The Nevada Highway Patrol says the Acura was traveling westbound at a high rate of speed when witnesses say it attempted to pass a tractor-trailer on the shoulder. It clipped the truck and overturned in the median before striking an eastbound tractor-trailer.

Troopers already were responding to a call about shots fired at a pickup from a passing black sedan, the patrol said. They found a blue 2021 Chevrolet Silverado with bullet holes and a shattered window but haven’t released any other details.

It’s not clear if Edward has a lawyer.

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