Las Vegas, NV (March 16, 2022) – North Las Vegas Police Department officers investigated a fatal crash that took place Tuesday night, March 15, in the northwest valley.
Authorities were dispatched around 7:45 p.m. to the intersection of North Decatur Boulevard and Rancho Rea Parkway for a reported crash between two vehicles. Upon their arrival, officials discovered the driver of a Dodge pickup truck was traveling northbound on Decatur at a high rate of speed when they struck a white sedan going westbound on Rancho Rea Parkway.
The impact of the collision launched the sedan nearly 125 feet, causing serious damage to the vehicle and critically injuring the driver. Despite life-saving measures administered by EMTs at the scene, the driver of the white sedan was pronounced dead. The coroner later identified the victim as 64-year-old Steven Joseph Ehresman.
The driver of the truck fled the scene on foot but was later apprehended and arrested by officers after he received treatment for minor injuries. The suspect, identified as Pedro Martinez Ocampo, was booked for DUI resulting in death, among other charges.
The investigation remains active at this time.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Steven Joseph Ehresman.
Auto Accidents Caused By DUI in Nevada
In 2017, officials say that 100% of deadly wrong-way accidents that happened across the Silver State involved driver impairment. Unfortunately, last year ended with almost 400 lives lost on Nevada’s roadways due to DUI, a 14-year high. And in May of this year alone, crashes were up more than 90% and fatal accidents were up nearly 115%.
During the past year, deadly auto accidents throughout Nevada have more than doubled when compared to the same time period in 2020. There were almost 30 crashes during this time, with more than 30 fatalities reported statewide.
Furthermore, since the beginning of 2021, more than 100 crashes have happened in Clark County, resulting in more than 100 fatalities. This marks a year-to-date increase of more than 40%. It’s clear that fatal auto accidents are all too common in the state of Nevada. When victims die as a result of these incidents, their loved ones may be left in an unbelievably tough position. Families must often endure exorbitant medical and funerary expenses.
But if you’ve been affected by one of these crashes, you may have legal options. If you’ve sustained injuries or lost a loved one as a result of another party’s negligent actions, please contact a Las Vegas auto accident lawyer at your earliest convenience.
Auto Accident Attorney in Las Vegas
When you retain the services of a knowledgeable Las Vegas personal injury lawyer from Eric Roy Law Firm, you’ll have viable legal recourse to move forward in the best possible position. At Eric Roy Law Firm, our Las Vegas wrongful death lawyers will serve your family with the utmost care. We know that the aftermath of a loved one’s death is devastating. Our sole mission is to understand your objectives and deliver superior legal services in a timely and efficient manner.
In addition to scheduling a personalized session and lunch with every client, we will gladly review the facts surrounding your case. Plus, our team tailors our advice to match your needs. As a result, you can feel confident that we will answer all your questions and help you move forward during this tragic time as smoothly as possible.
Our dedicated team has spent years fighting for victims and their families. Reach out to us at 702-423-3333 so that we can schedule your free consultation at your earliest convenience. We’re here to help you in your time of need.
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