Driver arrested in crash that killed 3, injured 7 at Flamingo and Eastern
FRIDAY DEC. 15 UPDATE: The first victim has been identified as 49-year-old Carrie Charlotte Smith of North Las Vegas. Her official cause of death was blunt force injuries and the manner was ruled an accident. The identification of the other two victims is still pending.
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) - A multi-vehicle crash left three people dead and seven people injured, and now, the driver suspected of causing the crash has been arrested on multiple counts of DUI and reckless driving.
The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Daniel Becker, was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.
The tragic scene played out at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Eastern Avenue just after 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Police say some of those injured were pedestrians and others were in the cars involved in the crash.
All victims that were injured were transported to local hospitals. Two out of those seven victims are in critical condition.
According to a press release sent out by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the driver of a 2003 Ford Expedition, identified as 31-year-old Becker, struck the rear end of a Ford Mustang and fled the scene. While fleeing, Becker allegedly ran into a GMC Jimmy, then crossed over a center median and struck three pedestrians who were crossing S. Eastern Avenue in a marked crosswalk.
All three pedestrians were killed at the scene.
Becker reportedly continued driving after striking the pedestrians and hit three other vehicles before finally stopping. Five other vehicles were hit by debris and another was damaged when it collided with one of the vehicles struck by Becker.
Officials believe Becker was driving while impaired. He currently is being held at CCDC on three counts of DUI above the legal limit, one count of DUI above the legal limit with substantial bodily harm, and four counts of reckless driving resulting in death or substantial bodily harm.
"This is a terrible, terrible crash and unfortunately we suspect that there may be an impaired driver that is involved in this so everybody needs to make sure that they are watching their driving habits and make sure something like this doesn’t happen to them," said Officer Larry Hadfield with LVMPD.
Bystanders watched in disbelief as police blocked off the street and began accident reconstruction.
“You gotta be careful on these roads these roads is getting dangerous. Too dangerous," said Savonn Barnes who lives in the area.
“You gotta pay attention even if your walking it’s still good to pay attention to your surroundings because you never know," said Tiffoni Richardson who lives in the area.
Many of them saying this kind of accidents involving pedestrians in the City of Las Vegas is something they've seen far too often.
Becker is expected to make his initial appearance in court on Monday morning.