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Deadly crash renews safety concerns about Summerlin Parkway

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Emergency crews at the scene of a head-on collision on Summerlin Parkway near Rampart Boulevard on Wednesday, Feb. 5. (Kristen Arcentales/FOX5 Report It) Emergency crews at the scene of a head-on collision on Summerlin Parkway near Rampart Boulevard on Wednesday, Feb. 5. (Kristen Arcentales/FOX5 Report It)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A head-on collision Wednesday that left two people dead occurred along a stretch of Summerlin Parkway described as very dangerous.

Savanna Gonzales, 20, and Frank Anthony Spenia III, 31, both of Las Vegas, were killed when the sedan they were in was struck by a pickup truck that had crossed into oncoming traffic.

Friends said that Spenia and Gonzales were dating and were a happy couple.

Spenia's Facebook page says he loved motorcycles. Friends posted that he was "outspoken, honest and real."

Alcohol is suspected in the deadly wreck, but there may have been other factors as well. The stretch has been the site of other fatal collisions in recent years.

McKenzie McNelis' husband was killed along the same stretch in 2007. She was pregnant with her second child when it occurred.

"A truck blew out a tire and couldn't control the blowout, so he crossed the median and hit my husband head-on," McNelis said.

Since then, McNelis has tried to get a median installed on Summerlin Parkway, creating a petition that generated more than 1,000 signatures. At one point, it looked like it was going to happen.

"I got a letter saying guardrails were going up in 2011, when construction along Summerlin Parkway was going on. Now it's 2014, and still no guardrails," she said.

While alcohol may be principally to blame for Wednesday's crash, a lack of light and speed appeared to have contributed to other wrecks.

"It's a two-lane road, not a freeway, so why would we have a 55 and 65 mph posted speed limit on a two-lane road? It doesn't make sense," said Erin Breen with Safe Community Partnership.

"A simple guardrail or barrier might have been able to stop another family from having to go through this tragedy," said McNelis.

Trooper Loy Hixson with the Nevada Highway Patrol said that despite Wednesday's accident and the fact that Summerlin Parkway doesn't have barriers or guardrails, it is relatively safe.

"Our accidents out here on Summerlin Parkway aren't as high as what we'll see in other parts of the Valley, especially when it comes to the severity of it," Hixson said.

The unidentified driver of the pickup in Wednesday's crash is facing charges of DUI causing death.

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