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Six teens injured in Henderson, 14-year-old behind wheel

One teenager in critical condition
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Posted at 6:50 PM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 16:19:46-05

HENDERSON (KTNV) — Henderson Police Department responded to the area of Cadence Street and Reunion Drive regarding a single car crash involving six teenagers.

According to police, all the teenagers involved in the crash ranged from 14 and 15.

Henderson Police Officer Katrina Rothmeyer said the driver was 14 years old and five of those teenagers were taken to University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital with injuries.

Police officials told 13 Action News one of the teens is listed in critical condition, four stable and the other remained on scene with minor injuries.

“Alcohol does not appear to be a factor; however, speeding was a factor. Cadence was closed for an extended period of time for the investigation,” Rothmeyer said.

A spokesperson for the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, Kevin Malone, said the driver of the car should not have been driving the vehicle in the first place.

"All of the restrictions on teen drivers were put there because those specific activities like driving at night, driving with passengers are risky behaviors and they've been proven to be deadly or lead to crashes. The teen drivers need to follow the rules," Malone said.

Henderson investigators released a statement that the investigation is still ongoing, and investigations of this nature can take up to a year.

The vehicle was driving on Cadence street, leaving skid marks, ran off the road and landed into Harmony Park leaving residents concerned.

Art Valdovinos said speeding is an issue.

"I can’t imagine if all of them were wearing their seat belts," Valdovinos said.

Nevada state law allows a person who is 15 1/2 to drive with a permit but even then, they can only drive with a licensed driver who is 21 and older. Once a teenager turns 16, a license can then be given.