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Police: Driver admits fleeing fatal wreck on Charleston

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Edward Barber (Source: LVMPD) Edward Barber (Source: LVMPD)
Metro police closed a portion of Arville Street at West Charleston Boulevard following a fatal crash involving four vehicles on Wednesday, May 7. (Erik Ho/FOX5) Metro police closed a portion of Arville Street at West Charleston Boulevard following a fatal crash involving four vehicles on Wednesday, May 7. (Erik Ho/FOX5)

A driver who turned himself in to police for his role in a fatal hit-and-run crash told detectives he would not have fled if he knew others were seriously injured, according to an arrest report.

Documents were released on Friday detailing the arrest of Edward Charles Barber, 49, who turned himself in at Metro's Enterprise Area Command just after 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Barber is charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident involving death or injury, driving without a license and driving without proof of insurance.

Police believe Barber was driving a sport-utility vehicle and was involved in a four-vehicle crash just after 6:30 p.m. at Charleston Boulevard and Arville Street.

It's believed Barber was driving a 1993 GMC Yukon that was heading east on Charleston. The Yukon struck a left-turning, westbound Oldsmobile on its passenger side.

The initial crash caused the Oldsmobile to slam into a wall of a nearby bar, police said.

The collision also caused the GMC to crash into a Honda Odyssey that was stopped in the left turn lane of northbound Arville. The momentum then caused a vehicle behind the Honda to be struck as well, police said.

Citing witnesses, police said the GMC driver then got out of his car, spoke briefly with the other driver in the Oldsmobile and entered the bar. The man ran through the bar and exited from the rear door of the business, fleeing eastward, according to investigators.

"Once they choose to leave a scene of an accident, then we have additional charges that can be faced, and many times much more serious charges than if somebody would have stayed on the scene," said Metro's Officer Laura Meltzer.

Police said the passenger inside the Oldsmobile, identified as a 75-year-old Las Vegas woman, later died at University Medical Center. The driver of the Oldsmobile was also transported to the hospital with moderate injuries.

After Barber turned himself into police, he told detectives the vehicle, which he claimed belong to him, was registered to his friend. According to police, Barber told them he fled because he lacked a driver's license and insurance.

In documents, Barber also stated he approached the intersection at a yellow light but was unable to avoid hitting the Oldsmobile. In addition, he told detectives he would not have left the scene if he known one of the people inside the other vehicle was seriously injured.

Police further said Barber appeared remorseful during his interview and had asked for forgiveness.

Meanwhile, surveillance video from Flex Cocktail Lounge captured the accident, and the Oldsmobile hitting the building.

"It sounded like crackling, and then we figured out a car had crashed into the building. We had mirrors along the stage, and those had broken and were falling," bartender Joey Mills-Villegas said.

Mills-Villegas ran outside to find the 75-year-old passenger unconscious and trapped in the car.

"I felt her neck and felt her wrist, and I didn't feel a pulse. She only had one eye open and she was breathing," he said.

In all of the commotion, no one saw Barber walk into the bar and flee the accident scene.

"No matter whose fault the accident was, he shouldn't have ran," Mills-Villegas said.

Other motorists involved in the crash did not report injuries.

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