LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Two Valley families are grieving after two teens were killed while crossing a busy street last night. The crash happened just east of the Strip at Maryland Parkway and Katie Avenue.
Police say Ebonie Whitaker was driving drunk when she allegedly hit the girls around dinner time. They reported she failed to maintain control of the Mercedes she was in, went up a curb onto the sidewalk and eventually hit them.
Whitaker is facing a number of charges, including DUI and reckless driving.
The coroner identified the victims as Citlali Mora and Nelly Amaya-Ramirez, both 16-years-old.
Nelly didn’t live far from the area where the incident happened. 8 News Now spoke to her family about the tragedy and how their lives are forever changed.
“We’re in shock,” said Nelson Reyes, Nelly’s stepfather. “We have to see how we can come forward due to the accident.”
Reyes said Citlali was her best friend. He said his stepdaughter will be missed.
“A very nice, kind girl. My baby was great,” Reyes reflected. “We’re feeling this a lot because this happened from night to day.”
Family tell us she was loving and enjoyed school. She was also an only child.
“My wife is devastated in the room; she can’t even stand up because she’s in shock. She’s bad,” said Reyes.
We spoke to Nelly’s Aunt Vicky, who says the suspect’s choices are taking a toll on two families.
“If they are going to drink, if they are going to go out, to enjoy, do it moderately because they destroyed the family with their loss,” Vicky lamented.
Metro’s traffic bureau shared a photo of the scene, saying this was “preventable.” Officials are waiting on the suspect’s blood work from Metro, which they should have tomorrow.
Whitaker’s next court appearance is set for Aug. 6.
Reyes says they are going to need help with the funeral because this was so unexpected. If you would like to help, please click here for the GoFundMe.