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October 25, 2014

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Three die in two New Year’s Eve crashes in Henderson

Two separate car accidents claimed the lives of three people in Henderson on New Year's Eve, officials said Tuesday.

Henderson Police responded to the first accident about 10 a.m. on Boulder Highway near Galleria Drive, according to Officer Todd Rasmussen.

A Toyota Camry driven by a 74-year-old woman was going the wrong way on Boulder Highway — southbound in the northbound lanes — when it collided with a Pontiac Grand Prix.

The two occupants of the Pontiac, a 74-year-old man and a 72-year-old woman, died from their injuries.

The second fatal accident happened about 2 p.m on Boulder Highway at Greenway Road.

A Toyota Corolla driven by a 64-year-old woman was turning onto Boulder Highway from a shopping center parking lot when she crossed the path of a Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by a 29-year-old man, Rasmussen said.

A passenger in the Toyota, a 92-year-old woman,  was transported to Sunrise Hospital's Trauma Unit where she later died from her injuries.

The Clark County Coroner's Office will release the names of the dead after notification of the next of kin. The accidents are still under investigation. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs played a role in either crash.

After these two incidents, Henderson ended the year with 18 traffic fatalities from 14 accidents.

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  1. Notch,

    I know many like to post by emotion and not facts but you should check this out. http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2...

    Fact is us 55 and older drivers have less fatal crashes than all age groups on the road. I have a feeling you are going to fall out in the age group that is one of the highest by your comments. Get back to me when you are old enough to fall in the safe age bracket. :-)

  2. Wrong chart, use this one. http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2...

    The other one shows us 55 and over don't tend to drink and drive as much as you younger ones. :-)

  3. @notch:
    Can't wait until YOU turn 65!!! Or even 50!! THEN tell us about taking away the driver's license of OLD people. "Old people" are NOT a meance to the driving public - YOU are. Yeah, you ARE probably one of those young whipper snappers who talk on your cell phone and text while driving after you had a few beers in a casino or bar but because you are young, it's okay.

    BTW - Most states DO start monitoring older drivers at age 65.

    @777s and vegaslee:
    Good posts! notch doesn't realize it yet but karma is a bitch.

  4. Fatality Rates may not be as high with older drivers, but the property damage claims they cause and the associated dollar amounts paid out are in fact substantially higher than other groups and rival and even exceed those of much younger drivers. Take a look here:

    http://www.iihs.org/research/hldi/fact_s...

    Next time that you see a car that you can identify as that of an older driver, just take a look at the car itself. You'll almost always find major dents and scrapes all over the thing. Why? Because they don't know how to properly control their vehicles. Be it automobile accidents, or even sexually transmitted diseases, older people are a substantially higher risk group than their younger counterparts. Accidents involving fatalities are only part of the picture. Just because someone ends up paralyzed or has a limb amputated in an accident instead of dying doesn't mean that the driver that caused the accident was a good driver. They still caused an accident and forced others to incur physical and monetary damages.

    Giving up my own license when I get older? I absolutely don't have a problem with that at all. There will come a time when I will not be able to drive as well as I do now. I like others have also grown up in times where we've seen stubborn old people refuse to stop endangering others and end up hurting people. Alcohol impairs one's driving ability, and so does age. Responsibility as a driver is knowing when not to get behind the wheel. If that means having a family member drive me, or hell, even living in a retirement community with bus service to the grocery store, so be it.

    A drivers license is a Privilege, NOT A RIGHT. I knew that when I signed up for mine years ago, and will surrender it in time as well. Older drivers all signed that same stipulation and need to remember that!