Late Christmas Eve in northwest Las Vegas, two women were killed and five people injured by a driver who is now facing felony charges of drunk driving.
Shortly after 11:30 p.m., a speeding BMW 300i ran a red light and hit a GMC Terrain carrying 81-year-old Etherine Noble and her 63-year-old daughter Essie Mae Hale. The two-vehicle crash also injured a 42-year-old woman and a 1-year-old boy.
The driver of the BMW, 25-year-old Ray Diokno, was injured, along with his passengers, Jermayne Jefferson, 25, and Matthew Modelo, 26. All three were hospitalized with serious injuries at University Medical Center.
Nevada Police Crack Down on Holiday DUI
The holiday season is a time for celebration for many, including eating a lot of food and consuming alcohol. Unfortunately, many people make the poor decision to drive after drinking alcohol, leading to a DUI arrest and/or accident. According to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, in 2013 there were 55 traffic fatalities in Clark County due to alcohol out of 144 total deaths.
Clark County Police attempt to discourage impaired driving during the holiday season by setting up DUI checkpoints as well as adding extra patrol units to the streets. This effort usually continues throughout the holiday season. Las Vegas Police focus their attention on impaired drivers, attempting to catch them before they cause an accident. Though the exact locations of the DUI checkpoints are not announced, checkpoints and saturation patrols are often conducted in areas of the city that are known for vehicle crashes.
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