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Impairment suspected in fatal crash involving semi-truck in northeast Las Vegas Valley

Police say that the man was heading west in a BMW SUV in the eastbound lanes when he hit a...
Police say that the man was heading west in a BMW SUV in the eastbound lanes when he hit a Toyota Sequoia head-on.(MGN)
Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 7:35 AM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Las Vegas Metropolitan Police suspect impairment after a fatal crash involving a semi-truck Monday night.

LVMPD said the crash happened around 10:11 p.m. June 20 near Lamb Boulevard and Alto Avenue in the northeast valley. According to police, a 2003 Ford Escape was traveling north on Lamb while a Kenworth TT semi-truck and trailer was traveling south on Lamb, preparing for a left turn onto Alto. The semi-truck crossed into the Ford’s path, leading to the crash.

The right front passenger in the Ford was pronounced dead on scene, LVMPD said. The Clark County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 25-year-old Rakeem Juwan Lichtenberger. He died from blunt trauma and his death was ruled an accident.

The driver of the semi-truck was uninjured, LVMPD said.

The driver of the Ford, a 28-year-old Yaqub Ahmad, was taken to University Medical Center with critical injuries and booked on suspicion of DUI, LVMPD said.

The passenger’s death marks the 73rd traffic-related fatality in LVMPD’s jurisdiction in 2022. The crash remains under investigation.