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Vegas PD: 50th deadly crash kills one and injures two

Posted at 11:35 PM, Jun 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 16:17:29-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A flower was taped to a post near the intersection of S. Pecos Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, and, beside it, gas puddles and debris from two cars covered an empty lot Sunday.

The scene was all that was left of a deadly DUI related car crash that killed one man, injured two others, and scared neighbors like Maria Thurgood.

"It's crazy," she said, "I fear walking."

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said Stanley Butler, 29, from Washington D.C., was driving a McLaren 570S very fast South on Pecos Boulevard when he lost control of the car, drove into a roadside parking lot, and hit a parked Toyota hard enough to flip the second car.

Police said a man was sleeping in the Toyota when Butler crashed into it, and that man died on scene.

Butler was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, and his passenger, Levone Blagburn-Brant, 29, was injured and taken to the hospital.

Thurgood said the crash made her think twice about taking her daily walks on the same sidewalk.

"I'm scared to walk," she said, "you have to be careful because sometimes they don't see you. I don't understand. I don't know what people do when they're driving."

Other neighbors like Howard Strauss are demanding change to crack down on intoxicated drivers to avoid further senseless death.

"I hope to god I come home, and my family comes home every day," Strauss said.

He proposed a three tier system that would send a person convicted of DUI to one year, five years, and ten years in jail for each subsequent conviction.

"You serve ten years with a permanent revocation of you license," Strauss said, "basically the state is telling you, we don't want you here anymore."

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said this was the 50th deadly DUI crash in Las Vegas for the year. The story has been updated to reflect the 50th deadly crash in Las Vegas for the year.