LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Cameron Hubbard-Jones, who identified himself to police as 1-year-old Royce Jones’ father, has been arrested for reckless driving involving the death of his child.
According to Metro Police, video evidence and witness statements indicated Jones was traveling on north Rampart in his 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL450 at speeds in excess of 100 mph. This occurred while he and Lauren Prescia, 23, were attempting to pass each other.
“The extreme speeds and driving behaviors were indicative of a speed contest between the two parents of the deceased juvenile,” the press release reads in part.
According to Prescia’s arrest report, Jones told police he was in the process of a custody exchange when the crash occurred.
Jones also told police he was on the phone with Prescia when she told him that she would beat him home and began speeding. He reported he told Prescia to slow down due to having his child in the car and that he slowed as they neared the intersection of Rampart and Lake Mead.
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A 1-year-old boy was killed in a violent car crash Sunday night at Lake Mead and Rampart boulevards.
Court records show Prescia, who was driving with the child, is facing charges of DUI, reckless driving and abuse/neglect/endangerment of a child.
During the first court hearing Monday afternoon, a judge said Prescia was driving 121 mph in a 45 mph zone when the crash happened.
She was not in court Monday because of quarantine precautions. Due to this, the judge says child services has not been able to interview her.
A family member has identified the 1-year-old killed as Royce.
“It really is a lot of shock right now, I’m shaking,” Abriana Hibler, Prescia’s cousin said.
Hibler is seeking answers. She visited the intersection where her cousin crashed, saying, “I just wanted to see it myself.”
She said Royce was a “very active kid and just was always happy, had a smile on his face.”
An arrest report revealed Prescia and her child’s father were talking while driving separately on Rampart. The father claimed Prescia told him “she was going to beat him home and began speeding.” He reportedly “told her to slow down because she had his son in the car with her.”
According to Metro, Royce was in a car with Prescia, who was driving a Hyundai Sonata at a high rate of speed northbound on Rampart when she struck a Nissan Sentra, driven by a 36-year-old woman, who was making a right turn from westbound Lake Mead onto northbound Rampart.
The force of the crash caused the Hyundai to lose control and hit a marquee sign severing the car in half and killing the child.
Impairment and excessive speed are believed to have caused the crash, police said. Both drivers suffered minor injuries.
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue shared these photos to their Twitter account Sunday night:
The entire intersection of Lake Mead and Rampart was closed for several hours.
A small memorial is growing at the intersection where the crash happened.
“It’s the saddest thing,” witness Steve Dantzig lamented. “I have children, and I cannot imagine losing a child, especially if it was my fault.”
Some are questioning her decision while the family tries to find support during this difficult circumstance.
“My whole family, we’re all praying for each other,” Hibler said.
Prescia’s next court date is set for Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m.