Family has message for driver accused of slamming into couple's car

Joyce Lupiani

Family has message for driver accused of slamming into couple's car

CREATED Sep. 25, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A husband is dead and his wife is still in the hospital after a car crash on the Las Vegas beltway near Sahara Avenue last week.

The man that is allegedly responsible for the crash is currently being held in the Clark County Detention Center.

Manuel and Gwen Diaz were in their car Friday night, on their way home from dinner.

But just minutes before getting there, police say that Thomas Rossangel slammed his Chevy Tahoe into the back of the couple's car. Their son, who was at home at the time, got a call from his mom from the scene of the accident.

"I talked to her for 10 seconds. All she would say was 'something is wrong with your father ... something is wrong with your father. I don't know what is wrong with your father.' "

Moments later, Manuel Diaz died. His son is now planning to bury his father in Los Angeles.

"It's devastating to know I go upstairs and my father is no longer there."

Gwen Diaz survived. She was taken to University Medical Center, where her sister has been by her side.

"My sister told me it hadn't hit her yet.She's try to absorb it."

Manuel Diaz was 58 years old. He and Gwen were married for 34 years. Diaz worked at Sierra Gold. His family says he was loved and will be missed.

After the crash, Rossangel left the scene. Police suspect that he was under the influence but that is still under investigation. The family has this message for him.

"You didn't have to .. what's the hurry? Slow down!"

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