Family of Woman Killed Say a Barrier Could Have Saved Her Life - 8 News NOW

Family of Woman Killed Say a Barrier Could Have Saved Her Life

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LAS VEGAS -- A fatal crash Wednesday during rush hour is raising questions about the safety of Summerlin Parkway and the problem of drunk driving on southern Nevada roads.

According to the Clark County Coroner's Office, 20-year-old Savanna Gonzales and her boyfriend, 31-year-old Frank Spenia, were killed when a pickup truck crossed over into on coming traffic near Rampart Boulevard and crashed into them.

The coroner says they both died from multiple blunt force traumas.

The family of Gonzales are in shock and wonder if a barrier on the parkway could have stopped the driver of the truck from crossing over into oncoming traffic.

"I guess it was just her time. God wanted her, right? It was her time? You know what they say? Only the good die young?" Gonzales' mother Ana Monarrez said.

Monarrez says when she learned about this fatal crash late Wednesday afternoon, she had a gut feeling.

"I'm like, 'dear Lord, if you need to take her, please give me the strength to survive this because I don't have nothing to live for now,'" Monarrez said.

Police believe the 51-year-old Las Vegas man driving the truck was drunk. He was taken to University Medical Center with critical injuries.

A Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman says he is stable and could be arrested for driving under the influence causing two deaths.

"Why is it that the people who are innocent die, and they live that cause the tragedy? It happens all the time," Monarrez said.

This grieving mother says she herself struggles with alcoholism, but she would never get behind the wheel.

The family is angry that a drunk driver may be to blame, but they're also asking about the safety of Summerlin Parkway.

The speed limit is 65 mph and at the scene of the accident there is no divider.

"These two people were young and in love and just going home and this shouldn't have happened. This could have been prevented. This could have been prevented, if there was a barrier," the victim's sister Jessica Bustamante said.

Trooper Loy Hixson says there have been two other fatal crashes since 2010, but says this is not a problem area.

"The landscaping in that area does its job. There are rocks. They do have some larger rocks along with the trees and other bushes. They are intended there to slow vehicles down should they have to cross over," Trooper Hixson said.

He says a barrier may not have helped prevent this crash.

"What we have seen is in other parts of the valley, where we do have physical barriers such as with concrete medians, we have had accidents to where vehicles on the opposite side, its force was just so great, where it crossed in the opposite side of traffic," Trooper Hixson said.

While the Gonzales family mourns their loss questions remain.

"I never expected my sister to leave so young," Bustamante said.

The city of Las Vegas is responsible for Summerlin Parkway. A city spokesman declined to talk to 8 News NOW on camera. He did say that engineers will take a closer look to see if a change is needed.

The city is pointing to the possible drunk driving involved, rather than the parkway, as the main cause of the crash.

Gonzales' sister says a vigil is planned for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Arbors Park.

An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank to cover funeral expenses for Svanna Gonzales. The account is 2337146217.

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