UPDATE: Man insists he didn't intentionally run over woman near 'Welcome to Las Vegas' sign

UPDATE FEB. 21: A man accused of running over his girlfriend near the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign said it was an accident, according to his arrest report.

A limo driver who witnessed the crash told police that he observed the van accelerating toward the median before the woman, identified as Lisa Snyder was struck. The limo driver stopped to give the woman aid.

The limo driver said Treese was acting erratic and tried to get back in the van. The limo's passengers then stopped him from getting back into the van. 

Treese told responding officers that he ran over his girlfriend by accident. Police said evidence showed there was substantial acceleration present. 

Treese also denied that he had done any drinking to police. His field blood alcohol content came back at .065, which is below the legal limit. He eventually said he did drink some alcohol but continued to insist that he didn't run over Snyder on purpose. 

Police said he could not explain what happened other than he panicked. 

Police said they had probable cause that Treese intentionally ran over Snyder as the evidence showed that the accelerator pedal was floored for several seconds. 

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A man is charged with murder after allegedly running over a woman with his vehicle near the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign.

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Police were dispatched to the intersection of Russell Road and South Las Vegas Boulevard around 9:19 p.m. Feb. 17. Arriving officers found the woman lying in the median. She was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

An investigation revealed that the woman and her boyfriend, 39-year-old John Treese, got into an argument inside of a Honda Odyssey because the woman wanted to drive. During the argument, the woman exited the vehicle and began to walk on the median.

Witnesses saw the Honda drive backward and accelerate as it drove onto the median, striking the woman. The vehicle stopped once it reached the opposite side of the street.

Treese was taken into custody without incident and faces one count of open murder.

Anyone with information about this case should contact Las Vegas police at 702-828-3521. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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