2 killed by SUV near downtown Las Vegas casinos; driver held

2 killed by SUV near downtown Las Vegas casinos; driver held

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Minnesota man and a New Mexico woman were struck and killed by an SUV while crossing a busy street against a “do not walk” sign at the Fremont Street Experience casino shopping mall, Las Vegas authorities . said on Thursday.

The driver, Mykael Lanice-Lynn Terrell, 28, of Las Vegas, fled the scene of Wednesday’s crash at 7:40 p.m. before being stopped, arrested and jailed on suspicion of driving under the influence, reckless driving and leaving the scene. accident, police and a prosecutor said.

A 44-year-old man from Monument, Minnesota, and a 51-year-old woman from Hobbs, New Mexico, were on Fremont Street crossing at 4th Street when they were struck by a burgundy GMC Acacia driven by Terrell, police said. .

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said. The Clark County Coroner’s Office did not release their names, pending notification of next of kin.

Terrell appeared in court in handcuffs Thursday and was not asked to speak by a local judge, who set bail at $100,000 and scheduled her to appear Jan. 4 on the felony charges that could have given her a minimum sentence of mandatory imprisonment of two to 20 years. for each death if convicted. She will be required to plead guilty if charged or ordered by a judge to stand trial.

A deputy public defender temporarily appointed to represent Terrell, Marissa Pensabene, said in court that Terrell is a single mother of a 3-year-old who has lived in Las Vegas for more than three years and works as an account executive for a internet company. . Pensabene was not immediately available outside the courthouse for comment.

Judge Holly Stoberski said if Terrell posts bail, she cannot drive and must wear an electronic ankle bracelet monitor.

The Fremont Street Experience crosswalk is a marked crosswalk below the traffic signals on a three-lane, one-way street. It is often packed with people passing between casinos, shops, kiosks, street entertainers, bars and restaurants below a zip-line attraction and a four-block illuminated video canopy.

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