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Mother dies, teen son in critical condition after North Las Vegas crash

Police said a crash in North Las Vegas left a valley mother dead and her teenage son hospitalized on Christmas Eve.

Officers responded about 12:30 p.m. near Lake Mead Boulevard and Pecos Road.

North Las Vegas police spokesman Officer Eric Leavitt said a grey car containing a family tried to turn into a parking lot on Lake Mead when a black car traveling in the other direction smashed into them.

Police said 41-year-old Rigoberto Chavez-Solorzano was driving the black car.

A woman, identified as Maribel Aleman by the Clark County coroner, was ejected from the grey car and died on scene. A 13-year-old boy, who police said was her son, was last reported to be in critical condition at University Medical Center, police said.

Aleman, 41, died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the coroner. Her death was ruled as an accident.

The driver, who police said was the father of the teen, and Chavez-Solorzano were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

"Make sure you have your seat-belts on during the holiday season," Leavitt said on scene. "Make sure you watch out for other people. It's not just how you drive, it's about watching for how everyone else drives."

Police later arrested Chavez-Solorzano. He was booked into the Las Vegas City Jail on three counts of felony reckless driving with death or substantial bodily harm.

Police said roads in the area were closed until about 7 p.m.

Leavitt said speeding was a factor in the crash.