Road: Hwy 395 at Pen Rod Lane, 2 miles north of Lake Topaz and the California border (West Side of Road)
Location: Lake Topaz, Nevada
Victim #1: Java
Date of Accident: 9-17-2001
Age: 3 3/4
Description: Here we find a large white cross with engraved black lettering. Fake flowers and a rock lie at its base, and fake red carnations are taped to the cross itself.
Analysis: Okay, this one is a little freaky. The victim has a bizarre first name and no last name. Plus, he was only 4 years old when he croaked. Excluding the possibility of a toddler carjacker getting run off the road by the cops, this leads us to only two possible conclusions. First, Java was a preschooler who died as a passenger in a car crash. Possible, but unlikely. Usually when a baby dies in a car accident, the white cross is surrounded by toys, cards, and lots of infant stuff. Since those relics did not adorn Java’s cross, I am forced to go with the more likely explanation: Java was someone’s pet. There is a motor home park directly up the road from the accident site. I’m sure it is packed full of cheetoh-eating, beer-guzzling, Springer-watching desert rats. I imagine one of their dogs got run down by a big rig on that fateful day. Heartbroken from her loss, the dog's 350 lb. owner probably got her common-law husband to put up a cross in the dog’s honor. BTW, this is the first fatality on what I like to call “Death Alley Nevada”. Stay tuned … you’ll find out why.
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