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Police may charge woman after fatal wreck on Wednesday

By Jennifer Kastner. CREATED Jul 3, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The driver involved in Wednesday morning's I-15 deadly rollover crash could face criminal charges.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said 22-year-old Wendy Carrion was driving six children in an SUV, when she over-corrected and then overturned near the D Street exit. Her niece, 9-year-old Gabriela Casias, was killed. Casias recently completed third grade at Squires Elementary.

NHP said three of the six kids in the SUV were not wearing seat belts. Those three were ejected from the vehicle, including Casias. A 6-year-old who was ejected is still fighting for her life at University Medical Center. Authorities said the SUV rolled on top of her.

NHP Trooper Loy Hixson said, "The charges that we are considering would be vehicular manslaughter, three counts of a child not in a restraint system [and] driving without a valid driver's license."

Trooper Hixson clarifies that while the SUV appears to only seat five people, it actually seats eight people.

A woman claiming to be a close friend of the driver's said she is shocked by the news, adding that Carrion is an excellent mother and a hard worker.

The driver's family declined to comment.

Jennifer Kastner

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Jennifer Kastner is a general assignment reporter for Action News.