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'Reckless' Driver Charged with DUI in Fatal West Las Vegas Crash

Review Journal, Las Vegas, reports a 26-year-old man died after a three-vehicle crash early Tuesday in the west Las Vegas Valley, and the 47-year-old driver who police said caused the wreck was charged with driving under the influence.

The crash happened about 9 a.m. at the intersection of Tee Pee Lane and Tompkins Avenue, the Metropolitan Police Department said. Ronald Leavell, 47, was driving his Chevrolet Camaro east on Tompkins “at a high rate of speed” when he blew through a stop sign at Tee Pee, police said. The “reckless” driving resulted in the Camaro colliding with the driver’s side of the 26-year-old’s Ford Fiesta.The 26-year-old died at the scene.

After the initial impact, the Camaro continued forward, spinning counterclockwise and coming to a rest about 700 feet from the scene. The crash also dislodged the Fiesta’s engine and transmission, which took flight and destroyed a nearby block wall at Apache Pines Apartments. The Fiesta’s body continued eastbound on Tompkins, spinning clockwise, which caused the out-of-control car to sideswipe a nearby van before coming to rest about 400 feet from the scene. The van’s driver was uninjured and Leavell was taken to University Medical Center with serious injuries. He was later booked at the Clark County Detention Center on driving under the influence resulting in death.

First and foremost, our condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim in this senseless tragedy. No matter what happens to the DUI suspect, it will never be enough to make up for this horrible loss. Drunk driving kills thousands of individuals every year, and the number of drunk drivers is especially high in the Las Vegas Valley. In Nevada, a victim of a an intoxicated driver can seek not only compensatory damages, but punitive damages to punish the driver. This is of little comfort to the families whose lives are turned upside down by drunk drivers, but if you are injured due to the negligence of a drunk driver it is important to hire attorneys who know how to recover all of the damages available to compensate a drunk driving victim for their injuries. Call Battle Born Injury Lawyers if you or a loved one have been the victim of a DUI crash and schedule a free consultation.