NHP releases booking photo of woman accused in deadly wrong-way crash in Airport Connector tunnel

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LAS VEGAS ( KLAS ) – The Nevada Highway Patrol has released the booking photo of 20-year-old Ciera Brawer, the woman accused of causing a deadly wrong-way crash in the Airport Connector Tunnel on Jan. 17. Brawer was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of the tunnel around 2 a.m. when the crash occurred.

Christopher Garcia, 45, was killed in another car. A GoFundMe account was set up for him.

NHP’s preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 2:13 a.m. a vehicle was reported to be driving southbound in the northbound lanes on the airport connector. Approximately two minutes later, a Nevada State Trooper located a fatal vehicle crash on northbound SR171, just south of the Sunset Road northbound off ramp.

The vehicles involved were a red Chevy Cruze and a white Audi driven by Garcia.

Garcia died from injuries sustained in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the white Audi, 20 year old Ciera Brawer, was transported to UMC-Trauma with serious but non-life threatening injures.

Brawer was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and has been formally charged with felony Driving Under the Influence resulting in death.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, just one day after the crash, a judge set bail at $50,000. Brawer was not present in court as she is still receiving treatment for her injuries at a local hospital.

Brawer’s initial court appearance revealed that the 20-year-old has no criminal record and is a student at UNLV. She was born and raised in Las Vegas.

According to the judge, Brawer is ordered to wear a SCRAM device which will monitor alcohol in her body and she is not allowed to drive.

This was the second crash this year in Nevada Highway Patrol — Southern Command’s jurisdiction.

Brawer’s next court appearance is March 2.

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