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Family wants jail time after postal worker's traffic death

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) - The family of the U.S. Postal Service worker killed in a three-vehicle accident in the northeast valley say they hope the driver who caused the crash faces jail time.

Alton Hall III, 62, died when a Nissan Altima driven by Lana Matthews-Rhoden, 62, sped through a stop sign at East Owens Avenue at North Mt. Hood Street and hit the right rear of the Grumman mail truck, according to a Metro news release.

The Altima then hit an unoccupied vehicle parked on a driveway. Police say the truck rotated and overturned, ejecting the mail carrier.

"He's everything. He's my best friend, my husband," said Joette Hall, Alton's widow. "Now my kids have no dad. My grandkids are without my husband."

Joette Hall said she and her daughter heard about the deadly wreck initially through news reports. It's when Hall realized the worst had happened to her husband.

Metro police detectives have not said if Matthews-Rhoden will be looking at any criminal charges. Hall stresses life will never be the same. She says her husband worked 18 years with the post office and was an Air Force veteran.

"To run a stop sign at that rate of speed, you shouldn't be going fast on that street," she said.

Hall says she was looking forward to her husband's retirement. The two were set to travel. She hopes the driver who blew the stop sign pays for her actions.

"I'll just take it one day at a time," Hall said. "One day at a time."

This is the 99th traffic-related fatality Metro's jurisdiction for 2015. This collision remains under investigation by Metro's Accident Investigation Section.
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