UPDATE JAN. 23, 2020: The coroner has confirmed what family members told 13 Action News in December: Donna Martinez, her daughter, Amanda Martinez, and her granddaughter, Layla Skye Martinez-White, of Las Vegas all died in the fiery crash on Dec. 26, 2019.
Donna and Layla's official cause of death was thermal and blunt force injuries from the accident. Amanda's cause of death was blunt force trauma.
The coroner also says 38-year-old Tacuma Wesley died in the crash from thermal inhalation and blunt force trauma.
UPDATE DEC. 28, 2019: A large Las Vegas family is coming to terms with the stunning loss of three loved ones across three generations who were killed in a fiery crash.
Family members tell 13 Investigates Donna Martinez, 48, was killed in a crash Thursday, along with her daughter, Amanda Martinez, 29, and granddaughter Layla Skye Martinez-White.
Donna Martinez was a licensed practical nurse in Las Vegas who has friends in several states, according to her family.
Martinez was described as having a big heart and a big passion for helping others.
She was dedicated to her 4 children, ranging in age from 29 to 17.
Amanda Martinez was a mother of 3 children including Layla who just turned four in November.
Family describes Amanda as funny, always making jokes, and outgoing but shy at times.
Layla was young but already making her mark on the world with her infectious smile.
Their surviving family members are devastated beyond words.
"We provided support to several people who were on scene trying to be of assistance and of course situations like this are very tragic for everyone that's involved," said Jill Roberts, CEO of the Trauma Intervention Program of Southern Nevada, or TIPS for short.
Roberts says volunteers were also sent to University Medical Center to help those impacted by the tragedy.
"It is incredibly tragic, it's heartbreaking and I know because while I'm there I'm seeing someone's life change before my eyes and their life is going to look different every day moving forward," said Joann Ohlmeier the Director of Volunteer Management, and a TIP volunteer herself.
The organization also assisted those who rushed into help pull two of the victims from the burning wreckage.
As of Friday evening, 13 Investigates had located one of the Good Samaritans police were crediting with saving the lives, but through his mother, he declined to speak publicly,
Family members identified the survivors of the crash as Donna's son Emilio Martinez, 17, and granddaughter Destiny Martinez-White, 10.
Both were rushed to the hospital with burns and broken bones, but authorities say they should survive their injuries.
Destiny was badly burned according to family and it will take weeks, if not months for her to recover.
Emilio was burned but not nearly as severely, according to his relative, who declined to speak publicly.
13 Investigates contact attorney Michael Troiano who says he is representing the family involved. He says the family is very private and is asking for privacy while they grieve, adding no vigils or memorials are planned at this time.
Troiano adds the family expects Las Vegas Police to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the crash and to forward any appropriate information or charges to the Clark County District Attorney's Office.
He adds a fundraising effort on the part of the family is legitimate and any funds collected will be used for funeral and medical expenses.
UPDATE: DEC. 27, 2019: A GoFundMe page is identifying 3 of the people killed in the fiery crash on Thursday night as 48-year-old Donna Martinez, 29-year-old Amanda and 4-year-old Layla.
17-year-old Emilio Martinez and 10-year-old Destiny were pulled from the burning car, according to the page.
The GoFundMe page was started by Melinda Chacon, who says that she is Donna's cousin. She says that Donna Martinez leaves behind 3 children, Stephen Andrew, Alexis and Emilio, and Amanda leaves behind 2 children, Jayden and Destiny.
The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. Dec. 26.
3 innocent lives were taken from this earth, from their families, because of the selfish and reckless actions of one individual. 7 cars involved as they were sitting waiting for a traffic signal to change. When is it enough? @LVMPD @LVMPDSVAC #EnoughIsEnough pic.twitter.com/GoBpbGAVhq
— LVMPD Traffic Bureau (@LVMPD_Traffic) December 27, 2019
According to a press release, a 2016 Mazda 6 driven by a 39-year-old man was driving at an excessive rate of speed when he failed to stay in his lane and hit the median.
The Mazda then rear-ended a 2017 Dodge Journey with 5 occupants inside that was stopped in the left turn lane to Durango Drive.
The force of the impact caused the Dodge and Mazda into the intersection where they encountered a 2005 Lexus RX330 and 2014 Ford Escape. The Dodge and Mazda then hit 2 other vehicles, a 2018 Ford 150 and 2011 Toyota Prius, on the east side of the intersection.
The Dodge, Mazda and an Audi 3 caught fire. Several citizens immediately stopped and attempted to help the occupants of the burning vehicles, according to police.
The 39-year-old driver of the Mazda was the other person who was killed. None of the people in the incident have been officially identified by the coroner at this time.