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Coroner identifies cyclists killed in crash on US-95 outside of Las Vegas

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Posted at 4:52 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-12 01:30:49-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — The Clark County coroner's office released the names and causes of deaths for the five bicyclists who were killed on US-95 outside of Boulder City on Thursday.

The county confirmed the following names:

  • Erin Michelle Ray, 39-year-old female, of Las Vegas. Cause of death is blunt force injuries of head and chest. Manner accident.
  • Michael Todd Murray, 57-year-old male, of Las Vegas. Cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries. Manner accident.
  • Aksoy Ahmet, 48-year-old male, of Las Vegas. Cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries. Manner accident.
  • Thomas Chamberlin Trauger, 57-year-old male, of Las Vegas. Cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries. Manner accident.
  • Gerrard Suarez Nieva, 41-year-old male, of Las Vegas. Cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries. Manner accident.

The group was on a routine bike ride Thursday morning before a box truck crashed into the group of bicyclists on the US-95 near Mile Marker 34 and south of Boulder City.

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Five of the bicyclists were killed with three others also injured. The Nevada Highway Patrol said the driver of the truck was cooperating and was also taken to the hospital.

“It’s a horrific tragedy when you have a beautiful sunny day like this, and we just lost the lives of five people,” Trooper Travis Smaka said.

Investigators say they don’t believe the commercial truck driver was impaired but the incident remains under investigation by authorities that include the NTSB.

UPDATE: Vigil planned for 5 cyclists killed in crash south of Las Vegas

A drive-thru vigil to honor and celebrate the lives of five cyclists is scheduled for Saturday.

Heather Fisher, the founder of Save Red Rock, is helping to organize the event in conjunction with Ghost Bikes Las Vegas and Breakaway Cycling.

It will be held on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Las Vegas Cyclery at 10575 Discovery Drive in Las Vegas.

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Participants are asked to socially distance, wear a mask or face coverings and flowers and donations will be accepted for the victims' families.

Also on Saturday, a digital Zoom and Facebook Live vigil will be held on the Save Red Rock's Facebook page beginning at 3 p.m.