LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Coroner’s office has identified the 34-year-old woman who was killed in a six-car crash Tuesday afternoon as Georgina Madrigal Olivarez of Las Vegas.
An 18-year-old is facing criminal charges after the crash which happened just before 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Torrey Pines Drive and Washington Avenue.
According to a news release from Las Vegas Metropolitan police, 18-year-old Jerry Madera, who suffered serious injuries in the crash was speeding in a Toyota Rav 4 westbound on Washington and was approaching the intersection of Torry Pines where he ran the red light and crashed into a driver making a turn into that intersection. The driver of that car, a 33-year-old woman was killed.
The crash set off a chain reaction when Madera’s SUV crashed into three other vehicles, pushing one of those into another car. Madera’s vehicle caught fire.
The intersection was closed off to drivers for more than 8 hours on Tuesday.
Police said Madera was transported to the hospital. He is facing charges of reckless driving and DUI. He was due in court for his initial appearance at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday but didn’t make it because he was still hospitalized.
8 News Now spoke with residents living near the scene of the crash who were surprised there were not more victims due to the number of cars involved.
“I always hear people driving by so fast that sometimes I worry that they are going to crash right into the house to my left or the gate right here,” said Alex who is a resident living nearby the scene.
Terry Brown has lived in the area for a while and said he has seen several crashes.
“In the 15 years I have been here, I have seen about 10 accidents,” Brown said. “This wall was taken out twice within six months, they repaired it after repairing it, and then it was taken out again.”
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.