Las Vegas (KLAS) — Metro police are investigating a crash that killed two people on the Red Rock Scenic Loop Drive in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Saturday morning.
The coroner’s office identified the victims as 34-year-old Unique Elijah Gilkes from High Point, North Carolina, and 33-year-old Javon Gilkes from Springfield, Massachusetts.
Police say on Sept. 25 at approximately 8:06 a.m., a single-vehicle double fatal traffic collision occurred on Red Rock Canyon Scenic Loop.
According to police, at Red Rock Loop Mile Marker 9, a passerby reported a 3-wheel vehicle had gone off the road and was on fire.
The two occupants died on the scene.
Evidence at the scene and witness statements indicated that a 2021 Polaris Slingshot was traveling south on Scenic Loop Drive south of Rocky Gap Road at a reported excessive rate of speed.
Police say the driver of the Slingshot failed to negotiate a gradual curve to the right and traveled off the east side of the roadway.
The vehicle then hit two or three small boulders near the roadway and continued off-road through the desert, according to the investigation.
The vehicle then traveled down into a gulley and overturned, trapping both occupants. The vehicle then caught fire before anyone could help the trapped occupants, according to police.
NHP assisted Metro police in controlling traffic and alerting visitors heading to the Red Rock area that the scenic loop inside the park would be closed for an “undetermined amount of time.”
Around 11:32 a.m. that day, Red Rock Canyon posted on social media that Scenic Loop Drive would be closed for the rest of the day.
Drivers were being asked to avoid the area until the loop reopened the following day.
It was National Public Lands Day so there was heavier traffic in the area at this time, according to Google’s live busyness information.
The driver and passenger deaths mark the 100th and 101st traffic-related fatalities in the LVMPD’s jurisdiction in 2021.
The identity of the victims is pending next of kin notification by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
This collision remains under investigation by the LVMPD Collision Investigation Section. Please check back for updates.