LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A 21-year-old man who was allegedly under the influence before driving onto the wrong side of the road and causing a crash that killed his passenger was also driving nearly 100 mph, according to Las Vegas police.
Jesus Martinez-Ruiz, who sustained minor injuries in the crash, is facing charges of DUI, reckless driving, failing to maintain a lane, and driving without a driver’s license.
A 2006 Chevrolet Silverado was driving southbound on Nellis Boulevard around 12:16 a.m. approaching the intersection with Meikle Lane, near Lake Mead Boulevard, an arrest report said.
The Chevrolet was driving at a “high rate of speed,” according to Las Vegas police, before veering outside of the lane, crossing onto the other side of the road, and driving onto the east sidewalk on Nellis.
Detectives later found that Martinez-Ruiz was driving 98 mph five seconds before the crash, the report said.
The posted speed limit in that area was 45 mph.
The car then drove down the sidewalk, through a chain link fence and into a vacant lot before striking the metal support pole of a billboard and crashing into a block wall, the report said.
The car’s front-seat passenger, 24-year-old Jennifer Soto-Cruz, died of her injuries at the scene, according to police. She was not wearing a seatbelt during the crash.
Martinez-Ruiz admitted to smoking marijuana and consuming alcohol before driving the car, according to the report.
He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center where he was being held Friday.
Blood was drawn from Martinez-Ruiz to undergo toxicology testing.