Las Vegas NV Auto And SUV Crash, Jun 2000


Associated Press.
Las Vegas - Five people were killed and five injured when a car slammed head-on into a sport utility vehicle on a deadly stretch of State Highway 160 near the scenic Red Rock Canyon Conservation area.
Three of the injured were in critical condition Monday at University Medical Center.
Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Alan Davidson said a car driven by FIDEL GONZALEZ-ODONOVAN, 40, of Las Vegas, crossed over the center line of the two-lane road Sunday afternoon and struck the sport utility vehicle head-on. GONZALEZ-ODONOVAN was among the five killed.
The narrow, winding highway, also known as Blue Diamond Road, has been the scene of more than 60 fatalities since 1996.
Davidson blamed the latest accident on driver error.
"The guy just went across the travel lane and hit the SUV head-on," Davidson said. "There didn't appear to be alcohol at the scene. He was probably just not paying attention, or could have fallen asleep."
The family apparently had attended a matinee at a movie theater in Las Vegas, Davidson said. A ticket stub to the movie "Dinosaur" was found in the pocket of a 6-year-old girl who died in the car.
Davidson said the 6-year-old girl and two adults were killed in the car and two children were injured.
Two adults were killed in the sport utility vehicle. One adult and two children were injured in that vehicle.
The names of the other victims were not released immediately, but the SUV's driver was from Pahrump, Davidson said.
A spokeswoman at University Medical Center said a 6-year-old girl, a 12-year-old boy and a 26-year-old woman were in critical condition Monday. An 11-year-old boy was in fair condition and a 1-year-old girl was in serious condition.
Davidson said occupants of the GONZALEZ-ODONOVAN car had relatives in Pahrump and apparently they were headed to the rapidly growing community 60 miles west of Las Vegas.
Highway 160 is the only route between Las Vegas and Pahrump.
"Route 160 is pretty infamous for head-on collisions because most of the route is just two lanes, with no physical barriers separating them," Davidson said.

Reno Gazette-Journal Nevada 2000-06-27