Teen driver likely to face felony charges in fatal speeding crash
CREATED Jan. 8, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Drivers on Gliding Eagle Road go right past the memorial for two teens hit by a speeding car as they were walking on New Years Day.
Jan Kuhns, who lives nearby, described how people drive on the road, "like it's a freeway they drive very fast," she said.
The recent accident in North Las Vegas left one 18-year-old man dead and his 16-year-old girlfriend in critical condition.
Pedestrians are worried about safety.
"I walk every day and it scares me to death," Kuhns said.
Police said the driver, 19-year-old Cristian Diaz, lost control of his car and slammed into the teens. Diaz could face felony charges, but police are still trying to piece together what happened.
North Las Vegas Police spokesperson, Chrissie Coon, said it could be a few more weeks until more serious charges are filed.
"It's really premature for us to jump into charging this person until we know what's the most appropriate charge," Coon said.
Police believe Diaz was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they know he was driving at least 60 mph in a 25 mph zone.
"It's in the evening when there aren't a lot of cars around that I see guys going up and down that road rather quickly," resident Walter Plate said.
Drivers can use Gliding Eagle Road to access a nearby middle school and park where many children walk. Residents suggest speed bumps or more speed limit signs to remind drivers to slow down, but police said that wouldn't have made a difference in the New Year's Day accident.
"It's difficult to look at the measures that are already in place and say 'is there anything else that could have prevented this crash?' Coon said. "Ultimately that's the responsibility of the driver of that vehicle."