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Police: Driver in head-on crash that killed 3 also dies

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Police say a fourth person has died in a head-on crash of a speeding car into another vehicle on a shortcut between Las Vegas-area freeways.

North Las Vegas police Officer Aaron Patty said Thursday that three people in a Toyota Camry died at the scene of the three-vehicle wreck about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Patty says a 28-year-old Las Vegas man driving a Nissan 350Z who caused the crash died later at University Medical Center.

Names weren't immediately made public.

The driver of a Ford F-150 pickup involved in the crash received minor injuries.

Patty says the Nissan driver was speeding in a 45-mph zone on Lamb Boulevard near Centennial Parkway when he lost control and swerved into traffic driving in the other direction.  The Nissan hit the Toyota on the four-lane road between Interstate 15 and the 215 Beltway.

A witness to the crash, Chelsea Baker said she has used Lamb Boulevard to get home for 14 years now.  Baker said she couldn't believe how fast the 28-year-old driver was going.

"This guy in the yellow car flew past me and cut me off.  He also tried to cut off the guy in front of me," said Chelsea Baker, a witness to the crash. "There's no need to drive like a crazy person."

Baker said a dip in the road also could have contributed to the driver losing control.

"When he did that I don't know if he hit the dip in the road, but he just flew across and hit the guy coming at us head on," Baker said.

8 News NOW reached out to the North Las Vegas Public Works Department to inquire about the dip in the road.  In an email response the department said:

"We are waiting for the police to complete their investigation of this crash, so at this time I don't have the details on the causes or contributing factors in the incident. As such, it is difficult to determine what roadway factors my have impacted the situation. Once we have this information, we'll conduct a complete evaluation.

I recently drove this section of Lamb at the request of our citizens. There is a dip in the road, but it is safely traversable at the speed limit. We had "DIP" signs scheduled for installation today, but it is impossible to know whether they would have made a difference in the crash.

Medians are installed to physically separate traffic and control turns from the side streets. Again, it is impossible to know whether the presence of a median would have impacted the crash. Depending on the speed and angle at which they're hit, a median won't necessarily stop a vehicle from crossing into opposing lanes," said Alyssa Reynolds-Rodriguez, City of North Las Vegas Traffic Engineer.

The "dip warning" signs are expected to be installed on Monday.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.