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Father wants law changed after daughter killed while riding in bed of truck

2 other teens receive serious injuries
Posted: 6:00 AM, Jun 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-11 06:59:36-04
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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — An 18-year-old female is dead and several teenagers are recovering from injuries after a rollover on the dirt access road between Tropical and Centennial parkways.

It was reported at 10:17 p.m. June 9. Las Vegas police say that a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling south on the access road when the driver lost control and it rolled down an embankment.

2 people in the bed of the truck were ejected. Las Vegas Fire Department responded to the scene and performed life-saving measures on the 2 people in the bed of the truck and 1 person inside the truck.

All 3 people were transported to UMC Trauma and the 18-year-old female died. The two 17-year-old females were seriously injured.

The 18-year-old driver of the truck, who was not injured, did not show any signs of impairment and remained on scene. A 19-year-old male who was also in the truck received minor injuries.

The Clark County coroner's office identified the deceased on Monday morning as Summer Potochan from Las Vegas. The official cause of death is still pending.

David Potochan told 13 Action News his daughter had recently graduated from Veterans Tribute Career Technical Academy.

"I know that [I'm] totally going to miss her. I don't think I'll ever be the same man," said Potochan. Summer's father said his daughter's death cannot be in vain, he's calling for local law makers to change the law.

"Not to allow anybody in the back of any truck. Riding in the back of a truck should be 100% illegal."

The current Nevada law allows for people to ride back of a pickup truck if they're 18 years old or older.

Potochan believes there should be no exception.

"My advice to you kids, just [wear] seat belts and go inside the truck," said Potochan.

Several of Summer's friends showed up with flowers to the site of the roller over crash.

Shannon Blancharde and Kimberly Juliao were not with Summer on Sunday but they said their group of friends would often hang out in the area where the crash happened, the access road in far northwest of the valley.

"We'd always take pictures in the back of someones trucks. Every memory of her was great and I [already] miss her so much," said Blancharde.

"It was always a fun time. No one would ever get hurt. This is the first time this ever happened," said Juliao.