Las Vegas, NV (August 06, 2020) – Police officers stated that two 16-year-old girls were killed when they were struck by a car in a DUI accident while they were crossing a street inside of a marked crosswalk in Las Vegas on Monday, August 3rd.
The accident took place at about 7:00 p.m. on Katie Avenue, between Maryland Parkway and Twain Avenue. Reports indicate that multiple vehicles were stopped, waiting for the stoplight at the intersection.
The coroner from Clark County has since identified the two young victims as , both 16-year-old residents of Las Vegas. The coroner listed the cause of death for both girls as blunt force trauma.
Both fatalities have been ruled accidents, in this case meaning simply that they were not premeditated.
According to attending law enforcement officers, Ebone Whitaker, 38, was driving a car when it veered off the roadway at the intersection and then ran over the curb.
Her vehicle then crashed into a traffic sign that was posted on the sidewalk and continued going, striking the two teenagers who were in the crosswalk. Whitaker’s car continued traveling forward until it collided with a tree and the pole to a traffic light in the intersection’s southwest corner.
Two vehicles that were in the area were both struck by a tree that was felled as a result of the crash.
The driver was transported via ambulance to an area hospital with injuries that were listed as critical. Police say that, at this time, the driver was displaying obvious indications of impairment and an eyewitness to the incident described the woman as being “out of it.”
One of the girls was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was taken to Sunrise Hospital where she later died from her injuries.
Police reports state that a detective from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department met with Whitaker, who had also been taken to Sunrise hospital following the incident. She was read her Miranda rights and promptly confessed to drinking two beers and then consuming marijuana, heroin, crystal meth, and PCP before she got behind the wheel.
The report also goes on to mention that Whitaker has absolutely no memory of the fatal accident.
She was ultimately charged with two counts of reckless driving resulting in death, two counts of driving under the influence resulting in death, failing to maintain her lane, failing to decrease speed or use due care, and an improper lane change.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victims, Ms. Nelly Amaya-Ramirez and Ms. Citiali Mora, at this time.
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