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Driver in wrong-way crash had blood-alcohol level almost 3x legal limit, coroner says

2 killed in Dec. 5 wrong-way crash on I-15, Sloan
Posted at 11:45 PM, Dec 05, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-09 19:29:45-05

UPDATE JAN. 9: 42-year-old Frank Thomas of Jean, who was a driver in a Dec. 5 deadly wrong-way crash on Interstate 15 near Sloan, had a blood-alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.22% at the time of his death, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office. The legal limit in Nevada is a BAC of .08%, meaning Thomas has almost three times the legal limit.



SLOAN (KTNV) -- For the third time in just three weeks, a wrong-way vehicle crash has claimed someone's life in the Las Vegas area.

On Thursday night, two people were killed on Interstate 15 near Sloan in a wrong-way crash, according to Nevada Highway Patrol.

The Clark County coroner has identified the deceased as 42-year-old Frank Thomas of Jean and 51-year-old John Camilo from Valley Village, California.

There have been two other recent deadly wrong-way crashes in the Vegas area -- all on Interstate 15.

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Most recently, a wrong-way driver was killed on Dec. 3 in a crash on Interstate 15 near Charleston Boulevard around 3:30 a.m. The driver has been identified as 39-year-old Frank John Magliarditi of Henderson. It is unknown if impairment played a factor in the crash.

Before that, on Nov. 14, a wrong-way driver was killed on Interstate 15 near Lake Mead Boulevard also around 3:30 a.m.. That driver has been identified as 27-year-old Ericka Avila of Las Vegas. NHP says investigators believe she was impaired.

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Authorities say these deadly crashes are all too common.

According to the Transportation Research Board, there are an average of 360 deaths nationwide every year due to wrong-way driver crashes.

Numbers from the Nevada Department of Transportation show there were 409 wrong-way crashes across Nevada which resulted in 75 deaths between 2005-2015.

NHP says if you encounter a wrong-way driver coming toward you, ease your foot off the gas to slow down and steer away.

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