Police report says 59-year-old motorist’s sports car was at full throttle when it caused a multi-vehicle crash in north Las Vegas that killed him, his passenger and seven limbs of his family in a van.
LAS VEGAS — A police report says a 59-year-old motorist’s sports car was “full throttle,” traveling more than 100 mph through a busy North Las Vegas intersection in January, causing a wreck of several vehicles that killed him, his passenger and seven family members in a van.
The report released on Wednesday says a vehicle computer showed Gary Dean Robinson’s brown Dodge Challenger went from 90 mph (145 km/h) to 103 mph (166 km/h) five seconds before entering the intersection against a red light.
The report confirmed earlier police reports that speed was a factor in the afternoon crash. The speed limit in the zone is 35 mph (56 km/h).
The report did not say whether Robinson was impaired by alcohol or drugs at the time. That discovery will be made by the Clark County coroner, pending blood toxicology test results from Robinson’s autopsy, North Las Vegas police spokesman Alexander Cuevas said.
Killed in a Toyota Sienna were the driver, Jose Zacarias-Caldera, 35; and passengers David Mejia-Barrera, 25; Gabriel Mejia-Barrera, 23; Bryan Axel Zacarias, 15; Lluvia Daylenn Zacarias, 13; Adrien Zacarias, 10 years old; and Fernando Yeshua Mejia, 5 years old. They lived in North Las Vegas.
Robinson and the passenger who died in his car, Tanaga Ravel Miller, 46, also lived in North Las Vegas.
Police crash investigator Constable Trevor DeSousa said five of the nine people who died were wearing seat belts and three people were forcibly ejected from the van from the crash.
The wreckage is also being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board as part of a review of speed-limiting technology in vehicles, including high-performance sports cars, a member of the advice after the accident.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal called the wreck Nevada’s deadliest in at least 30 years.
Records showed Robinson had a history of traffic and criminal offenses, including speeding, and had a criminal record after pleading guilty in 2004 to possession of cocaine and breaching the terms of his probation. He was also convicted of a misdemeanor in 2009 for assaulting a bailiff.