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Las Vegas police call motorist’s fatal suspected DUI crash into semi trailer ‘preventable’


One person is dead and one other was critically injured in an SUV vs. semi truck crash in Las Vegas on Monday night.

Las Vegas Metro Police say that the crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. at Lamb Boulevard and Alto Avenue when a 2003 Ford Escape crashed into the rear of a semi truck.

According to police, the semi truck was southbound on Lamb and was preparing to make a left turn across traffic onto Alto when the crash occurred. The Escape was reportedly northbound on Lamb approaching Alto when the vehicle collided with the truck’s trailer.

The driver of the Escape, Ahmad Yakub, 28, was critically injuried.

A twenty-five year old passenger in the Escape, Rakeem Lichtenberger, died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The truck driver,  Israel Vasquez-Cruz, 39, was not injured.

While the crash remains under investigation, police said that Yakub showed signs of impairment.

In a social media post using the hashtags #Preventable and #ThereAreNoExcuses, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department summed up the crash:

LVMPD Traffic investigated its 73rd fatal collision. A car v. a semi is never going to have a good outcome. This time, in the area of Lamb/Alto, a suspected impaired driver ran into the trailer of a moving semi killing his passenger and critically injuring himself.

Police also shared photos of the aftermath of the crash.


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