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UPDATE: NHP reports woman who died ran red light

Posted at 8:14 PM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 18:22:39-05

UPDATE ON FEB. 6: Nevada Highway Patrol determined that the driver of the Dodge Journey SUV, Heather Laugeson, ran a red light and hit a Chevy Cruze.

Laugeson was not wearing a seatbelt.

All of the other injuries were non-life threatening.

UPDATE ON FEB. 03: The Clark County coroner has identified the deceased as 29-year-old Heather Laugeson of North Las Vegas.

Friends said Laugeson leaves behind three kids between the ages of 6 and 10 years old, who were also in the car at the time of the crash along with a family friend. 

"They're going to have such a hard time dealing with it. It's ridiculous," said friend Vanna Wilks. 

Wilks said Laugeson was a single mother who would do anything for her children. 

"They kept her going and without them she wouldn't have wanted to do anything in life," Wilks said.

Police said Laugeson may have ran a red light Thursday night before another car crashed into hers. Laugeson died instantly, but the four kids were left with minor scratches. 

"I just want to hold them because I know how they're feeling right now and it's so unfortunate for them, because she was their only support," Wilks said. 

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Police are awaiting toxicology reports on whether Laugeson was under the influence at the time of the crash. 


NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash Thursday evening.

The crash was reported around 7:40 p.m. on the northern 215 beltway near Aliante Parkway.

NHP reported that that a car was traveling northbound on Aliante Parkway and was making a left turn to go westbound on 215 when the crash occurred with an SUV going in the opposite direction.

The crash occurred after one of the drivers ran a red light. However, troopers are unsure who ran the red light, although they initially reported it was the car driver.

As a result of the crash, the SUV rolled over and the female driver was ejected. She was pronounced dead on scene.

There were four children in the woman's car.

The 28-year-old driver of the car was taken to UMC Trauma.

NHP are investigating whether impairment may have played a factor in the crash.

The intersection was closed for several hours.

This is a developing story. Check back to 13 Action News for updates.