North Las Vegas police say street racing is to blame in the crash that killed a mother of four. It happened on Christmas Eve on Lake Mead Boulevard near Pecos Road.
Drivers in that area say speeding is a known problem.
Some drivers have a nickname for the stretch of road on Lake Mead where a mother of four was killed in a crash.
“The dead zone because a lot of people die on Lake Mead, from Pecos to Civic Center, that’s, a lot of crashes,” said driver Jose Rios.
The Christmas Eve collision happened west of Pecos just as Maribel Aleman, her husband, and son were in a car, turning into a bakery’s parking lot. Aleman was ejected from the vehicle.
“It doesn’t surprise me, but it hurts me because that’s not the first fatal accident that we’ve seen around here,” Rios said.
Police say the driver that slammed into the family, Rigoberto Chavez-Solorzano, was street racing.
“I personally haven’t seen it but I’ve seen it on videos … I have seen them on Cheyenne and Craig, that’s the most common spots,” Rios said.
The speed limit in this area is 35-miles-an-hour.
Police say Chavez-Solorzano was going 82 miles-an-hour, more than double the posted speed limit.
“I see people flying through here all the time,” said driver Arnold Wood. “Our insurance rate doubled when we moved over here because of the fact that there are so many accidents in this area.”
The driver was booked on three felonies for reckless driving.
At last check, Aleman’s husband and son remain in critical condition.
“I suggest people slow down and watch the speed limit,” Rios said.