Nine people, including seven members of one family, died on Saturday in a multi-vehicle car crash in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
The crash occurred when a Dodge Challenger sped through a red light and crashed into multiple other vehicles at an intersection, causing a ‘chaotic event,’ North Las Vegas Public Information Officer Alexander Cuevas said during a press conference.
The driver, Gary Dean Robinson, 59, and passenger Tanaga Ravel Miller, 46, were killed in the crash — as were seven members of one family that were driving through the intersection.
All seven people riding in a Toyota Sienna minivan were related, according to a verified GoFundMe fundraiser.
The minivan victims include Fernando Yeshu Mejia, 5; Adrian Zacarias, 10; Lluvia Daylenn Zacarias, 13; Bryan Axel Zacarias, 15; Gabriel Mejia-Barrera, 23; David Mejia-Barrera, 25; and Jose Zacarias-Caldera, 35.
The victims ages ranged from 5-years-old to within the 50s. The Challenger had been traveling 100 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
I lost all my family my kids,’ wrote Erlinda Zacarias, who organized the GoFundMe for funeral costs. Her children, brother and two step-children had died in the horrific crash.
There are no words to describe my pain and suffering that I will not be able to hug my children again,’ she wrote, detailing her and her husband’s pain.
By Tuesday afternoon, the page had reached over $250,000.
The father of the two minors in the minivan confirmed to the outlet through tears that his children were among the deceased.
Pablo Ramirez said his family had not seen the victims because they were not allowed near the wreckage on Saturday, but that they were heading to the funeral home Sunday.
The crash occurred around 3p.m. local time on Saturday, when the Challenger ran a red light through a busy intersection, North Las Vegas police said. Fifteen people and six cars were involved in the accident, and some of the cars were pushed into a vacant lot because of the impact.
The Challenger, being driven by Robinson, first hit two vehicles in oncoming eastbound lanes, then hit three vehicles in a westbound lane, North Las Vegas Acting Police Chief Jacqueline Gravatt said during a news conference Sunday.
Robinson reportedly had an extensive criminal record dating back to 1998, including charges of speeding, the last of which was charged in December 2021, FOX5Vegas reported.
Local police called it the deadliest wreck on valley roads in recent history.
The National Transportation Safety Board coordinated an investigation of the crash with police.