UPDATE: Coroner identifies another victim in wrong-way crash on I-15

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Police say a Toyota pickup (left) was hit head-on by the red Cadillac (right) which was driving the wrong direction on I-15 in-between Sloan and Jean. The female driver of the Cadillac and the three people in the Toyota were killed in this crash. (Photographs: Samuel Gilbert)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)– Two of three people killed inside the Toyota pickup truck involved in a wrong way crash Monday night have been identified.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office has released these names so far:

  • Shahriar Shawn Khodadadi, 39, of Santa Monica, California.
  • Enrique Jose Ruiz, 59, of Fontana, California.

The causes of death for Khodadadi and Ruiz are still pending, the coroner said.

The identity of the third victim inside the truck is still pending.

The driver of the Cadillac was identified Tuesday as Erica Marie Morell, 37, of Henderson, Clark County Coroner’s Office said.

Morell died from blunt force trauma due to the crash, the coroner said.

A preliminary investigation shows Morell, who was driving a Cadillac, was driving the wrong way in the southbound lanes of I-15, south of Sloan, on the outskirts of the Las Vegas valley, when she collided head-on with the Toyota, causing it to burst into flames. All three occupants were killed, Nevada State Police said.

A total of four people died in this crash.

The crash happened around 6 p.m. Monday and ended up involving a total of six vehicles. Two people in other vehicles were transported to the hospital with injuries and are expected to be okay.

Evidence was found that indicated alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, police said.

These are the first fatalities of 2022 which Nevada State Police in Southern Nevada investigated.

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