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Man arrested on DUI count after fatal crash in Henderson

Updated Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.

Jeffrey Phelps

Jeffrey Phelps

A man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol collided with two vehicles Sunday, killing a passenger in one car, and then attempted to walk away, according to Henderson Police.

It was the first traffic fatality of the year in Henderson.

At about 7:45 p.m. Sunday, a Nissan Altima traveling eastbound on Volunteer Boulevard, near Executive Airport Drive, crashed into the back of a Toyota RAV4, police said. Jeffrey R. Phelps, 36, of Henderson was driving the Altima and continued eastbound on Volunteer Boulevard after hitting the Toyota, according to a police statement.

Phelps then hit a Toyota Camry head-on in a westbound lane, police said. A 68 year-old woman from Hawaii who was a passenger in the Camry was airlifted to University Medical Center and died from her injuries just before midnight, police said.

Phelps was booked into the Henderson Detention Center on counts of driving under the influence resulting in death, leaving the scene of an accident and hit and run, police said. He was being held without bail.

The driver and a second passenger in the Camry and a passenger in the RAV4 were transported to St. Rose Dominican Hospitals — Siena Campus for treatment of injuries.

Following the crash, Phelps was seen walking away from his car and was located nearby, police said.

The Clark County coroner will release the deceased woman’s identity after the family is notified.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect that Jeffrey R. Phelps was being held without bail. | (April 16, 2013)

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