9-year-old boy killed in crash in southeast Las Vegas valley identified
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
A 9-year-old boy was killed and a 6-year-old boy was injured after a two-vehicle crash Monday morning in the southeast Las Vegas valley. Police say the boys were not in child seats.
The Clark County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 9-year-old Raul Xavier Gamboa of Las Vegas. His official cause of death was multiple injuries from a motor vehicle accident and the manner was ruled an accident.
The crash occurred just after 9 a.m. at the intersection of Broadbent Boulevard and Cherry Street, near Clark County Wetlands Park, according to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department news release.
Police say the 30-year-old woman made an unsafe U-turn in her 2014 Chrysler van when she was struck by a man operating a 2005 Ford F-150.
"Unfortunately, we've got two children that were unrestrained in the back of the minivan, no seats, no child seats, nothing,” said LVMPD’s Paul McCullough. “So the children were left at what was presented as the back seat.”
Matthew Levassur, who lives near the crash site with his 5- and 9-year-old children, says seat belts are a safety requirement that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
The driver of the F-150 was not impaired and cooperated with the investigation. Police say there could potentially be a child endangerment case or a vehicular manslaughter case but the investigation remains open.