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Improper lane change causes fatal crash on I-15

Improper lane change causes fatal crash on I-15

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Jan 16, 2013

Clark County, NV (KTNV) -- More details have been released into what caused a fatal crash in the Valley, early Monday morning.

It happened just before 6:30 a.m. on I-15, near Lamb Boulevard.

Nevada Highway Patrol said a Buick LeSabre was traveling north on I-15, while a tractor-trailer (England Trucking Company) was also traveling on I-15, next to the Buick.

Investigation showed the tractor-trailer made an unsafe lane change into the Buick's lane.

The driver of the Buick, 54-year-old Farrilyn Gaston Diaz of Las Vegas, veered into the median, in an attempt to avoid contact and lost control.

The Buick then struck a Freightliner tractor traveling in the opposite direction.

The tractor-trailer continued down I-15 after the crash without stopping.

Diaz was pronounced dead at the scene.

About two hours after the crash, a witness returned to the scene to inform authorities of the tractor-trailer.

The trucking company has since been contacted and has the driver returning for the investigation.

The driver was identified by GPS coordinates and will be in contact with NHP.

Krista Hostetler

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Krista Hostetler is the Senior Web Editor for ktnv.com and KTNV Mobile.