LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man arrested after a fatal head-on crash Monday morning in the northwest valley faces a stack of charges including DUI and possession of psychedelic mushrooms and cocaine, according to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrest report.
Alejandro Carrion, 27, is in custody at the Clark County Detention Center awaiting a Thursday court hearing. He is held on $8,000 bail, down from an original amount of $14,000.
A 64-year-old woman was killed in the crash on West Farm Road near Tenaya Way, not far from Gilcrease Orchard. She was identified as Susan Villella by the Clark County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday. She died of blunt force injuries to the head, chest, left upper extremities and left extremities.
A bicyclist witnessed the crash and called police at about 7:30 a.m. on Monday.
Sharn Lindsenbardt has lived in the area for 53 years.
“Out here we need more police,” said Lindsenbardt. “Out here we need to have everybody be aware that people live out here. It’s so unnecessary to have people die in car crashes within a couple miles of your home. Both of them at their prime. Both of their lives lost or changed forever.”
Police said the bicyclist saw an eastbound white 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV cross over the center median into the westbound lanes on Farm Road. The bicyclist reported that he was struck by debris from the collision.
According to the arrest report, the bicyclist could tell that the woman, who was driving a 2012 Toyota Prius, did not survive the crash. So he went to assists the other driver.
Carrion was transported to UMC Trauma with minor injuries.
The bicyclist said he smelled “a strong odor of alcohol coming from Carrion’s breath,” according to the arrest report.
Officers responding to the scene reported the same thing.
Police found two small plastic bags in Carrion’s wallet, according to the arrest report. One was found to have Psilocybin mushrooms, and the other had just over a gram of cocaine.
In statements to police, Carrion said he was going about 45 mph at the time of the collision. He said he had come from Lake Mead Boulevard and Tenaya after a night of partying at bars.
Carrion faces charges that include:
- DUI, above the legal limit resulting in death
- Reckless driving resulting in death or severe bodily harm
- Possession of a controlled substance (2 counts)
- Failure to wear a safety belt/shoulder harness
- Failure to maintain lane/improper lane change
- Driving without a license