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A sad litany of accidents at bus stops


Steve Marcus

Metro Police investigate after a car crashed into a bus stop on Spring Mountain Road east of Decatur Boulevard, killing four people, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012.

Updated Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 | 9:31 a.m.

Today’s crash that injured three children at a bus stop near Bonanza Road and Lamp Boulevard was another in a series of tragedies involving motorists and bus stops in Las Vegas.

Among them, based on police accounts:

    • Sept. 13, 2012

      Gary Lee Hosey Jr. lost control of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo he was driving on the morning of Sept. 13 and crashed into a bus stop at Spring Mountain Road east of Decatur Boulevard.

      Four people waiting at the stop were killed: Gerber Ayala-Tomasino Jr., 24; Johnni Garner, 49; Margoth Gonzalez, 65; and Hyon Cooley, 47. Hosey, four passengers in his car and three other people at the bus stop were also injured, including one person who was paralyzed and one who suffered permanent brain damage, according to Deputy District Attorney Brian Rutledge.

      Hosey pleaded guilty to five counts of driving under the influence and causing death or substantial physical harm. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 1.

    • Aug. 25, 2012

      Two adults and a 3-year-old girl were injured at a bus stop after Julio Enriquez lost control of his vehicle, which jumped the curb onto the sidewalk near Owens and Eastern avenues.

    • Feb. 5, 2012

      Noel Lardeo was driving west on Spring Mountain Road near El Camino Road when she drove off the right side of the road and hit a bus shelter. A 15-year-old boy waiting at a bus stop was struck and critically injured. Laredo failed field sobriety tests and was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol with substantial bodily harm.

    • June 22, 2010

      Several people suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries when Daniel Melin slammed into a bus stop on Rancho Boulevard at Lake Mead Boulevard. Melin was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

    • Sept. 14, 2008

      A man was seriously injured after a motorist crashed into a bus stop on Tropicana Avenue near Mojave Road. The motorist also hit another vehicle and fled the scene but was caught and arrested 10 minutes later by Metro Police officers.

    • July 7, 2008

      Steven Murray was under the influence of prescription painkillers when he drove his truck into a bus stop on Boulder Highway near Flamingo Road. Murray killed Patricia Hoff and seriously injured Porche Hughes, who had one of her legs amputated below the knee as a result of the incident. Murray had at least four DUI convictions in Texas and several minor traffic violations in Nevada. He was convicted of vehicular homicide and was sentenced to 18 years to life in prison.

    • March 14, 2005

      Veronica Schmidt killed four people when she crashed into a bus stop at Smoke Ranch and Rock Springs roads. Killed were Raquel and Angelica Jimenez, 16 and 14, along with Samantha Allen, 36, and Reginald Williams, 16. Schmidt was placed on eight months of house arrest but was sentenced to 180 days in jail in December 2007 because she failed to complete 60 hours of community service and pay $5,000 in court fees and fines.

    • July 14, 2004

      Five people suffered minor to moderate injuries after a motorist jumped a curb and drove through a sheltered steel bus stop near Boulder Station. The hit-and-run accident happened at about 7:45 a.m. on Lamb Boulevard near Boulder Highway.

    • May 3, 2004

      Nicolas Serrano-Villagrana killed 4-year-old Eulogia Avendano and injured two others when he hit them at a shelter at Eastern Avenue and U.S. 95. He was sentenced to 12 to 40 years in prison after convictions on three counts of felony DUI causing substantial bodily harm.

    • Dec. 25, 2003

      Bruce L. Kirton, 49, died after a vehicle ran a red light, struck a car and hit Kirton while he was waiting at a bus stop.

    • Oct. 19, 2002

      John Wan, 50, was killed while waiting at a bus shelter near Fremont Street and Charleston Boulevard when William Schwalbach hit him in a pickup truck. Schwalbach pleaded guilty to felony DUI and was sentenced to two to five years in prison and was required to pay a $3,000 fine.

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