Tragedy in Summerlin: Police believe speed may be to blame for deadly crash

Kelsey Thomas | KSNV

Speed may be to blame for a deadly crash in Summerlin.

It happened at 8:55 a.m. Wednesday at Sun City and Lake Mead Boulevards.

Two cars collided, one man died and the intersection was shut down for several hours.

The impact was so strong, pieces of the cars went flying all over the road.

Investigators are still trying to piece together what led up to the crash and how fast each driver was going.

Police said drivers who called 911 to report the crash could also help with their investigation.

John Tylicki stood outside the yellow tape watching investigators re-creating the scene of the crash, trying to determine what went wrong.

“It's a tragedy, obviously. Everyone is in a hurry usually to get up the road and get on the 215 and head somewhere,” said Tylicki.

LVMPD Sergeant Paul McCullough emphasizes how much responsibility drivers take on when they sit behind the wheel.

“There are far too many distractions, and when you get into these 4,000- and 5,000-pound missiles, the likelihood of you taking someone's life when your collision is likely,” said Sgt. Paul McCullough.

“We don't know if the sedan ran a red light. We don't know if the SUV ran the red light at this point. It's too early in the investigation,” he continued.

McCullough believes someone may have been driving too fast.

“When you look at the damage, it's not consistent with a 35 mile-per-hour zone,” he explained.

One driver, a 78-year-old man, died after being transported to UMC Trauma. The other driver, a 17-year-old female, only suffered minor injuries. She remained at the collision scene and did not show any signs of impairment

McCullough had a message for drivers.

“It’s the dead horse message. We beat this every time we come out to these scenes. If we can get folks to obey the speed limit and slow down, this would be much less likely to occur,” said McCullough.

As for Tylicki, it’s a message you can’t say enough. It’s one that is simple and life-saving.

“Defensive. Defensive. Defensive. Slow down. Be safer,” he said.

The death marks the 108th traffic related fatality in the LVMPD's jurisdiction for the year 2018. The collision remains under investigation by the LVMPD Collision Investigation Section.

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