LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — According to Metro, two people died in a fiery crash between two vehicles early Friday morning Dec. 13. According to a press release from Metro, the surviving driver in the other vehicle, now identified as Jose Lizarraga, 43, was not impaired.
The crash happened on Pecos Road just south of Lake Mead Boulevard around 3:04 a.m.
The fatal collision involved two passengers, a male, 26, and a female, 25, in a 2012 Dodge Challenger traveling north in the same lane approaching a Ford-150 truck from the rear.
The left side of the Dodge Challenger struck the rear of the Ford truck as it passed on the right before hitting a power pole and catching fire. The occupants failed to exit the vehicle and when emergency medical services responded both were deceased.
At a morning news conference by Metro, speed was determined to be a factor. This is the 96 and 97 traffic-related fatalities this year in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s jurisdiction in 2019.
The two victims who died on the scene are still yet to be identified pending notification to their families.
The driver of the Ford truck was not hurt and not impaired, according to Metro. The crash remains under investigation.