Nevada Highway Patrol identifies wrong-way driver, person killed in crash

Investigators suspect driver was impaired
Posted at 8:26 AM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 01:02:13-04

UPDATE 5 P.M.: The Nevada Highway Patrol says the driver of a Hummer traveling the wrong way on the US-95 Friday was 32-year-old Benjamin Ames from Las Vegas.

The woman who died as a result of the crash, according to NHP, is 58-year-old Susan Teves from Las Vegas.

Authorities say Ames was taken into custody and book on the following charges:

  • Probation Violation
  • Driving Under the Influence, Above the Legal Limit Resulting in Death
  • Reckless Driving Resulting in Death or Serious Bodily Harm
  • Duty to Stop at the Scene of Accident
  • Driving Wrong Way on a One Way Road
  • Fail to Give Information to Party at Vehicle Accident
  • Driver Fail to Report Unattended Vehicle
  • Proof of Insurance Required
  • Fail to Wear Safety Belt

Investigators believe speed and impairment were factors in the crash.

A law enforcement source informed 13 Action News that Ames was also charged with multiple counts of domestic battery that included a felony second-degree kidnapping earlier this year after a barricade situation.

Friday's crash was the 41st fatal crash in the Nevada Highway Patrol – Southern Commands jurisdiction in 2020.

One person is dead and Nevada Highway Patrol says a wrong-way driver is to blame.

Investigators with NHP say a person driving a Hummer was heading southbound in the northbound direction of US-95 near Russell Road just before 2 a.m. when the driver slammed into a Nissan Sentra, killing the female driver of that vehicle.

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The driver of the Hummer suffered only minor injuries.

Impairment is suspected.

NHP closed the northbound lanes of the US-95 at Russell for much of the morning for the investigation.