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UPDATE: Girlfriend of driver involved in fatal crash offers condolences

Posted: 5:09 AM, May 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-17 15:41:08Z
2 people killed in crash near Hualapai, Sahara
2 people killed in crash near Hualapai, Sahara

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.