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Police: Alcohol and speed are factors in fatal North Las Vegas collision

Updated Sunday, May 12, 2013 | 4:15 p.m.

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Douglas Bruce

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A teenager was killed and his female passenger suffered critical injuries early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle collision in North Las Vegas, according to North Las Vegas Police.

The victims, who have not yet been identified, were involved in a crash about 12:57 a.m. Sunday at Goldfield Street and Washburn Road, police said.

Officers have arrested the driver of the other car, Douglas Bruce, 18, North Las Vegas, who suffered minor injuries in the crash. Police said "alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in this crash," although the driver has not been charged with any DUI-related offenses.

Officers said that when they arrived at the scene, they found a 17-year-old driver trapped in his Toyota sedan and unresponsive. His passenger, a 13-year-old North Las Vegas girl who was ejected from the vehicle, was lying in the roadway with severe head trauma, officers said.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and the female was taken to UMC Trauma, where she was in critical condition Sunday, police said.

Officers said their preliminary investigation indicated Bruce was driving his Saturn north on Goldfield. Police said evidence suggests Bruce then ran the stop sign at Washburn and struck the Toyota sedan as it traveled west on Washburn.

Bruce was arrested on traffic charges related to the crash that include failure to obey a traffic control device, failure to use due care, no insurance and no registration, police said. Bruce could face additional charges at the conclusion of the investigation, police said.

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