Nye County crash kills 3, seriously injures paleontologists

Published: Jun. 9, 2023 at 9:43 PM PDT
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A deadly wrong way driver crash in Nye County shut down US 95 last month and claimed the lives of 3 people including 10-year-old Nola Humphrey. https://www.fox5vegas.com/2023/06/02/nevada-state-police-report-deadly-may-crash-nye-county/

“Nola was a 10-year-old. She was full of life and fun and loved to dance and sing and was the life of the party,” family friend Chris Palladino told FOX5.

Nola’s mother Becky Hall and stepfather Joshua Bonde are well known paleontologists credited with discovering the first dinosaur native to Nevada. Both sustained major injuries in the crash. Bonde has been interviewed several times by FOX5 about his work, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and the historic dinosaur discovery he made with wife in Valley of Fire State Park.

Bonde broke down the name of the native Nevada dinosaur for FOX5. “Nevadadromeus schmitti. So Nevada part is pretty obvious, but dromius means runner. So it’s the Nevada runner,” Bonde explained.

Bonde previously served as curator and director of the Las Vegas Natural History Museum before moving to Carson City to become the Director of the Nevada State Museum. Bonde was back in Southern Nevada for one of his daughter’s graduation ceremony.

Family friends have set up a GoFundMe account to help the family. Learn more here: Fundraiser by Rebecca Virgil : Help Bonde, Hall, Humphrey bunch After tragedy (gofundme.com)