LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Marsha Stewart Byrd was indicted by a Clark County Grand Jury in a crash that killed 53-year-old Gilma Rodriguez-Walters on December 30, 2019. She is charged with the following:
- Driving under the influence resulting in death
- Reckless driving
Byrd was treated at University Medical Center after her Mercedes SUV collided with a 2006 Toyota Camry on Tropical Parkway east of Torrey Pines Avenue. Rodriguez-Walters was transported to University Medical Center Trauma, but she did not survive.
Police said excessive speed was a factor in the collision, which happened just before 4 p.m., closing several roads in the area for hours. Investigating officers who talked to Byrd after the accident noticed the smell of alcohol and got a warrant to draw blood to test for impairment.
Witnesses and a residential surveillance camera indicated the Mercedes SUV was off the roadway and speeding past other traffic before the wreck.
The area of the crash had wide, unimproved shoulders, and witnesses told police the Mercedes was speeding and passing cars on the right when it entered the shoulder of the road. Police said the driver lost control of the vehicle when attempting to re-enter the single travel lane, crossing the center line and colliding with the eastbound Camry before rolling over and coming to rest on the other side of the road.
The crash marked the 112th traffic fatality in Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department jurisdiction in 2019.