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Police: Alcohol Possible Factor in Fatal Crash in North Las Vegas

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The car was split into two pieces at the scene of the crash. The car was split into two pieces at the scene of the crash.

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A 23-year-old man, identified by the Clark County Coroner as James Albert Monterio, was killed in a Thursday morning crash on Camino Eldorado and Tropical Parkway.

Police say alcohol may be involved in the 4:30 a.m. crash. Monterio was a passenger in the vehicle. The driver, a 22-year-old woman, was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition.

The crash involved only one vehicle, a Honda Civic, which police say, may have been going as fast at 80 mph. The car was split into two pieces upon impact.

"There's a large tree the vehicle hit before it also struck a light pole," North Las Vegas Police officer Chrissie Coon.

Justin Vasquez was on his way to work and was one of the first people to come across the horrific scene.

"I saw a car in the middle of the road. I thought it was a tree," Vasquez said. "When I looked out the window there was a body in the street so I got out and called 911."

The man in the street was dead, but there was a woman, still alive, in the bushes.

People who live in the area say it is not uncommon for drivers to speed on the residential road. One woman said the noise of the crash startled her.

"It just jarred me and woke me up," said Kim Russell. "I was more shocked when I looked over the wall and saw the young man laying in the road, that wasn't very pleasant."

Russell found a side mirror from the car in her backyard.

The intersection was closed for several hours as police investigated. They expect to have more information on what led to the crash in the coming days.

 

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