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Family thanks Good Samaritan who helped after fatal crash

Posted at 11:01 PM, Oct 04, 2016

It's been three days since a tragic car crash sent both of Jessica Rodriguez-Vargas' cousins to the hospital.

Passenger 23-year-old Juan Jose Martinez-Vargas died Saturday at the hospital while the driver, 30-year-old Rosa Montoya-Valenzuela, is still in serious condition.

On Tuesday, Rodriguez-Vargas got a chance to thank Matthew Neifeld, the good Samaritan who called 911 and ran to try and save her cousins.

"I know not everyone would do that for them and stay with them," Rodriguez-Vargas said.

"I just did what I thought anyone else would, it's sad for everyone involved," Neifeld said.

As the family grieves the loss of Martinez- Vargas, they said they are continuing to pray for Montoya-Valenzuela, cousin, a wife and mother of 3.

"Hopefully some answers provide comfort for the Vargas family as they cope with their loss," Neifeld said.

Las Vegas police confirmed Montoya-Valenzuela was speeding and suspected of driving under the influence when she lost control of her vehicle at the intersection of Desert Inn and Theme roads, crashing into the barrier.