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911 calls reveal confusion in moments after deadly crash involving Scott Gragson

Posted at 10:24 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 02:27:37-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The 911 calls in the moments after a deadly crashing involving prominent Las Vegas businessman Scott Gragson paint a picture of confusion as people tried to get authorities to the scene.

One caller told a 911 dispatcher:

"Somebody just crashed right by our house, I'm pretty sure that you are going to have to send an ambulance."

"I just heard a loud bang right behind my wall and a car crashed pretty hard."

The 911 calls and radio traffic were released by Clark County and reveal confusion among first responders as they tried to locate the scene inside The Ridges in west Las Vegas.

'First of all, I can certainly feel the vicarious nature of the victimization of the witness trying to explain to the 911 dispatcher," said Sandy Heverly with STOP DUI Nevada.

Heverly listened to the 911 calls and says there's lingering questions about the decision making that led up to the deadly crash.

"I do not understand how mature adults would get into a vehicle with someone who had been drinking," said Heverly.

Police say Gragson was almost twice the legal alcohol limit when they tested him two hours after the crash last month.

Investigators say Gragson was drinking heavily in the hours before the crash at golf charity event.

Melissa Newton was killed in the crash, others are still recovering from their injuries.

"I think the sponsors of the event should have had sober ans safe transportation for their guests," said Heverly.

13 Investigates attempted to contact Links for Life, the charity that benefited from the golf outing, but a request for comment was not returned.

Gragson is now facing a civil lawsuit filed by one of the passengers in the vehicle.

Gragson also faces felony DUI charges resulting in death and reckless driving.

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