Two people were killed and two others injured in a violent collision that split a car into two pieces on the east side of Las Vegas.
Detectives said a 1991 Acura was traveling eastbound on E Sahara Ave, east of Lamb Blvd., when the driver lost control, went sideways, and veered into oncoming traffic. The Acura was broadsided by a 2017 Dodge Durango, which was traveling westbound on Sahara, according to Sgt. Robert Stauffer of Metro’s fatal detail.
Sgt. Stauffer said the force of the collision broke the Acura into two pieces. One person from the Acura was thrown from the crash and died at the scene. A second person was rushed to Sunrise Hospital and was later pronounced dead.
The driver and a passenger of the Durango were also taken to Sunrise Hospital. Though, Sgt. Stauffer described their injuries as “relatively minor.”
Investigators believe the driver of the Acura may have been going above the posted 45 mph speed limit for that part of Sahara Ave. Stauffer noted that stretch of road is straight with three travel lanes in each direction, and that speeding in not uncommon. It is unknown if the driver was impaired.
Sgt. Stauffer said the driver of the Durango showed no signs of impairment and stayed on the scene of the crash.
The identity of those killed in the crash will be released pending notification of their families. The names of those injured were not immediately released.
The deaths are the third and fourth traffic-related fatalities in Metro’s jurisdiction of 2018.