UPDATE: Suspect accused of causing Feb. 24 multi-vehicle crash dies from injuries

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UPDATE (March 22): Las Vegas police say the suspect that fled from a traffic stop on Feb. 24 and caused a multi-vehicle crash has died from her injuries.

Police were notified of 30-year-old Tara Cheatham’s death on March 21.

Cheatham and another driver involved in the four-vehicle crash at Warm Springs Road, east of Arville Street, were both transported to the hospital on Feb. 24.


ORIGINAL STORY (FEB. 24) — A crash involving multiple vehicles on Warm Springs Road east of Arville Street left two people in critical condition Wednesday morning, according to Metro police.

Initially, one person was transported to UMC with life-threatening injuries, and police now say two people are in critical condition after the crash, which happened just after 7 a.m.

Evidence at the scene, witness statements, and video surveillance indicate that a Lexus ES 350 was traveling eastbound on Warm Springs Road at a high rate of speed in the only eastbound travel lane after fleeing from an attempted traffic stop by a Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper.

NHP identified the driver of the Lexus as 30-year-old Tara Cheatham.

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A 2006 Nissan Armada driven by Evariza Salvador, 52, was eastbound on Warm Springs in front of the Lexus, while a 2014 Nissan Sentra driven by Norma Mahone, 82, was westbound on Warm Springs in the only travel lane.

Police say a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe driven by Marcelo Lopez, 21, was traveling westbound on Warm Springs, a distance behind the Sentra with passenger Andy Ramirez-Vasquez, 20.

According to the accident report, the Lexus tried to pass the Armada, entering the westbound travel lanes as the Sentra reached the same location.

The Lexus collided with the Armada’s left side and then the Sentra’s left side causing it to lose control, police said.

The Armada lost control and left the roadway as the Lexus continued eastbound. The Lexus then collided with the Hyundai. The Lexus redirected the Hyundai rearward as the Lexus rotated eastbound.

The Lexus driver was ejected and came to rest north of the roadway, near the vehicle.

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Arriving emergency medical personnel transported the Lexus driver and the Hyundai driver to UMC’s Trauma Center, where both remain in critical condition.

This collision remains under investigation by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Collision Investigation Section.

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