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Sheriff’s Office investigative units finalizing fatal accident in Sun Valley, toddler identified

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The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office investigative units are currently in the process of finalizing their portions of the fatal accident involving a vehicle versus a 2-year-old boy that occurred on yesterday at approximately 6:44 p.m.

The investigating units include Patrol, Detectives, F.I.S. (Forensic Investigation Section) and M.A.I.T (Major Accident Investigation Team). Each unit plays a critical part in finalizing the investigation. This process could take several weeks to complete.

The deceased boy has been identified as 2-year-old Giovanni Serafin. The driver of the vehicle will remain identified as a family member only in order to protect the identities of the other children which reside at the property.

Preliminary information revealed that alcohol and speed were not factors. The accident occurred in the process of two vehicles being re-arranged within the property. The vehicle that struck Giovanni was slowly moving forward when Giovanni approached from the passenger side.

Giovanni was immediately transported to Renown Regional Medical Center via REMSA, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The family is fully cooperating with the investigation. Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc. (TIP) volunteers were on hand to assist the distraught family members. For more information regarding TIP of Northern Nevada, visit www.TIPNNV.org or call 775-337-2112.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.

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