UPDATE: Driver arrested in crash that killed two near Sahara, Hualapai was going around 100 mph

UPDATE JUL 18: A memorial has been up near the crash site for weeks.  It features pictures remembering Damaso and Christa Puente. 

It's getting a lot of attention from drivers, who hope it will bring attention to the dangerous intersection.

They're also hoping more witnesses to the crash will come forward and call the District Attorney's office.

UPDATE MAY 21: An arrest report states the man who rear-ended another vehicle, causing the deaths of its occupants, was driving at a speed of approximately 100 mph at the time of the crash.

Henry Aparicio was on his way home from Downtown Summerlin when the crash occurred. Sahara Avenue's speed limit in the area near Hualapai Way is 45 mph.

After the initial crash, the Mercedes traveled 202 feet from the point of initial contact while the Prius traveled 224 feet after the crash.

Police said Aparicio was notably intoxicated at the hospital where his eyes were bloodshot and watery, he had odor of alcohol on his breath and his speech was slurred.

ORIGINAL STORY

A man and woman are dead after their vehicle was rear-ended late Tuesday night.

It happened near Hualapai Way and Sahara Avenue. 

Police say that a Mercedes hit a Toyota Prius that was stopped at a red light. Both occupants of the Mercedes, who are in their 20s, were taken to the hospital.

Police said that the man and woman who were stopped at the light were doing nothing wrong. The Clark County coroner identified them as 39-year-old Damaso Puente and 33-year-old Christa Puente, both of Jean. They died of blunt force injuries.  

It is believed that the driver of the Mercedes was impaired.

Police sent a press release around 6:30 a.m. that said the driver was released from the hospital and placed under arrest. He has been identified as 23-year-old Henry Aparicio of Las Vegas. 

13 Action News spoke to Aparicio's girlfriend Morgan. She offered her condolences to the victims and said the crash was a terrible mistake.

People who saw first responders arrive at the scene talked are angry about the fatal crash. One resident told us that he sees people driving recklessly on the street all the time.

We took a look at the data to see how many crashes there have been in that area.

We found that there has been 28 crashes at that intersection in the last three years.

And just a block away at Sahara Avenue and Fort Apache, there has been 100 crashes.

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