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Improper lane change causes fatal crash on I-15

Improper lane change causes fatal crash on I-15

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Jan 16, 2013

Clark County, NV (KTNV) -- More details have been released into what caused a fatal crash in the Valley, early Monday morning.

It happened just before 6:30 a.m. on I-15, near Lamb Boulevard.

Nevada Highway Patrol said a Buick LeSabre was traveling north on I-15, while a tractor-trailer (England Trucking Company) was also traveling on I-15, next to the Buick.

Investigation showed the tractor-trailer made an unsafe lane change into the Buick's lane.

The driver of the Buick, 54-year-old Farrilyn Gaston Diaz of Las Vegas, veered into the median, in an attempt to avoid contact and lost control.

The Buick then struck a Freightliner tractor traveling in the opposite direction.

The tractor-trailer continued down I-15 after the crash without stopping.

Diaz was pronounced dead at the scene.

About two hours after the crash, a witness returned to the scene to inform authorities of the tractor-trailer.

The trucking company has since been contacted and has the driver returning for the investigation.

The driver was identified by GPS coordinates and will be in contact with NHP.