UPDATE: 2 teen girls killed in crosswalk by suspected impaired driver identified

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The two pedestrians who were struck and killed by a car as they attempted to cross a street near the Boulevard Mall Monday evening were juveniles, according Metro Police.

The two 16-year-olds have been identified as Citlali Mora and Nelly Amaya’Ramirez, both from Las Vegas. 

The girls were hit while in a crosswalk at the intersection of Maryland Parkway and Katie Avenue around 7 p.m. Monday night. They were crossing Katie Avenue from the northwest corner to the southwest corner at the intersection when they were struck by a suspected impaired driver.

According to police, a 2012 Mercedes-Benz, operated by 38-year-old Ebone Whitaker, was traveling south on Maryland Pkwy, approaching the intersection with Katie Ave, when she failed to maintain control of the car and left the roadway and went over the west curb. Whitaker hit a traffic sign on the sidewalk and continued south.

She then struck Mora and Amaya’Ramirez in the crosswalk.

One of the girls was forced to the roadway and came to rest underneath a car stopped at a red light, facing east on Katie Avenue. The other girl came to rest in the McDonald’s drive-thru located at the southwest corner of the intersection.

After striking them, police say Whitaker continued south and hit a tree and a traffic signal pole on the southwest corner. Two other vehicles, waiting in the McDonald’s drive-thru were struck by the falling tree.

The Mercedes-Benz finally came to rest on the sidewalk south of Katie Avenue.

Whitaker was transported to Sunrise hospital with serious injuries and displayed signs of impairment.

One of the pedestrians was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other was transported to Sunrise
hospital where she later died. The Clark County Coroner’s Office says both Mora and Amaya’Ramirez died from multiple blunt force injuries. The manner of death for the girls was ruled accidental by the coroner.

Whitaker is facing multiple charges, including:

  • Felony: DUI resulting in death (2 counts)
  • Felony: Reckless driving involving death (2 counts)
  • Misdemeanor: Failure to decrease speed/use due care
  • Misdemeanor: Failure to maintain lane/improper lane change

Whitaker did not make her first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon due to her injuries.

Her next court appearance is a short setting on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 a.m.

The deaths of Mora and Amaya’Ramirez marks the 56th and 57th traffic-related fatalities in LVMPD’s jurisdiction for 2020. The collision remains under investigation.

Earlier Monday, a teen was killed in a separate crash on Las Vegas Boulevard involving a driver suspected of impairment.

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