Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 | 2:01 p.m.
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.