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UPDATE: Woman accused of hitting, killing teen is out on bail

1 woman, 1 teen dead in separate crashes overnight in Las Vegas valley
Posted at 5:24 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 02:26:50-04

UPDATE MAY 5: Crystal Helm, 34, is out on bail, according to court records.

She is accused of hitting and killing a teen with her vehicle last month on Tropicana Avenue, near Nellis Boulevard.

Helm will be on house arrest and won't be able to drive.

UPDATE APRIL 30: The mug shot and arrest report for the woman accused of hitting a teenager in a marked crosswalk has been released.

Police say that Crystal Helm, 34, was driving on West Tropicana Avenue near Morris Street when her car struck the teenager.
Helm then kept driving.

An on-duty Community Ambulance immediately stopped to render aid to the pedestrian and he was transported to Sunrise Trauma, where he was pronounced deceased.

The ambulance crew was able to provide a description of the vehicle that struck the teenager and police were able to locate it as it was being loaded onto a tow truck at a Pep Boys on Tropicana Avenue.

Police were able to obtain a search warrant for the vehicle. Temporary registration papers in the vehicle identified the owner as Crystal Helm.

The tow truck driver was also able to provide police with a description of a woman who was with 2 males when he arrived to pick up the vehicle. He told police that he noticed the driver’s seat was positioned for a shorter person and the woman with the males was much shorter than the men.

Pretty soon after, a man approached police and said the driver wanted to turn herself in.

Police read the Miranda rights to Helm and asked if she wanted to talk.

Helm reportedly said that she was on the way home from buying groceries and was aware that she hit a human being. She said that she attempted to stop after the collision, but her brakes became locked. She said she was unable to stop until she was almost a mile away.

When asked why she did not call for help, she told police she was scared and did not have insurance and did not know what to do.

UPDATE APRIL 29: Nevada Highway Patrol has identified the woman who died on Monday after being hit by a tractor-trailer near Las Vegas and Hollywood boulevards as 18-year-old Dezaree Chanice Noreen Brown from Las Vegas.

This crash is Nevada Highway Patrol – Southern Command’s 15th deadly crash for the year, resulting in 16 fatalities for 2020.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- One woman and one teenage boy are dead following separate crashes in the Las Vegas valley overnight, according to authorities.

The first crash happened shortly before 8:30 on Monday night. Las Vegas police say a 15-year-old boy was hit and killed crossing Tropicana Avenue at Morris Street. The car did not stay at the scene and sped off. Initially, police believed the vehicle involved was an SUV, possibly a Chevy Tahoe, but authorities say the driver of a 2002 Acura surrendered herself a short time later. 34-year-old Crystal Helm was booked into Clark County Detention Center, police say. The crash remains under investigation.

The second crash happened near Las Vegas and Hollywood boulevards and was reported around 11 p.m. on Monday, according to Nevada Highway Patrol. Authorities say a tractor-trailer pulling a tanker hit a woman who was walking outside of a marked crosswalk. She was pronounced dead on the scene. The vehicle stayed at the scene and was cooperating with law enforcement, NHP says.

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