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Ky Plaskon, Reporter

High School Student Killed in Car Accident

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17-year-old Adriana Rios 17-year-old Adriana Rios
Fatal teen accident, May 9, 2002 Fatal teen accident, May 9, 2002

A dangerous stretch of road has claimed the life of another high school student. Eyewitnesses tell police two cars were speeding right before the accident happened.

The stretch of road near Sahara and Sloan is the scene of other accidents including one where high school students tragically died in 2002. Wednesday's accident claimed the life of a 17-year-old Adriana Rios, a Las Vegas High School senior who would have turned 18-years-old on Friday.

Word around school traveled fast says Renaldo Walls. "I heard she was racing and there is not a need to be racing. Just go the speed limit. A car is not a toy, you can die driving a car," Walls said.

Police say it was actually the 33-year-old driver who was speeding 75-miles-an-hour when he lost control and wrapped the car around a pole. The road has wide snaking blind curves. Factor in speed and it's a deadly combination says area resident Tony Hernandez.

"I see all these people flying down the street like there is not a tomorrow. All these kids are getting killed. They don't know how to handle that curve," Hernandez said.

Memorials are everywhere here. One of them has a picture of the last fatal accident. A car wrapped around a pole exactly like this accident.

A tragedy at the same spot four years ago killed two Las Vegas High School students. "On the morning of May 9th, my life changed forever," said a student who lost her leg in that accident. She was inspired to make educational videos about safe driving.

"Unfortunately this has become a rather famous stretch of roadway," said Metro Sgt. Tracy McDonald who says traffic engineers will look into what they can do to reduce fatalities here.

This is the same place that two teenage girls died in an accident in 2002. The girls were rushing to get back to school after lunch when the driver lost control of the car and crashed into a light pole. The car was nearly split in half from the impact.

Two girls were killed. Three others were seriously hurt.

Email reporter Ky Plaskon at kplaskon@klastv.com

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