Marsha Stewart Byrd, 61. (LVMPD)

Marsha Stewart Byrd, 61. (LVMPD)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Las Vegas police arrested a driver after a fatal crash in the north valley Monday night.

The crash happened at the intersection of West Tropical Parkway and North Torrey Pines Drive about 4 p.m. on Dec. 30.

LVMPD said a 2001 Mercedes-Benz ML320 was traveling westbound on Tropical in the shoulder and passing cars at an excessive speed. Police said the driver tried to reenter the single travel lane and lost control of the vehicle.

Police said the Mercedez-Benz crossed the center line and hit the driver's side of a 2006 Toyota Camry traveling east on Tropical. The Mercedes-Benz then rolled over, stopping against a chain-link fence on Tropical.

The driver of the Toyota, identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office as 53-year-old Gilma Rodriguez-Walters, was taken to University Medical Center where she later died, according to police.

The Clark County Coroner's Office said Rodriguez died of multiple blunt force injuries on Jan. 2. Her death was ruled as an accident.

Marsha Stewart Byrd, 61, was identified as the driver of the Mercedes-Benz and was booked into Clark County Detention Center on DUI and reckless driving charges. Byrd, who is identified as Marsha Stewart in court records, had bail set at $5,000, according to court records.

According to an arrest report, an NHP trooper approached Byrd in an ambulance at the scene and smelled "an unknown intoxicating beverage emanating from [her] person." The trooper also noted Byrd's pupils were constricted and that she was continuously talking and her speech was rapid.

Byrd told the trooper that she swerved to avoid a "black hole" in the road when she struck the other car, the arrest report said. Witnesses at the scene said Byrd was driving at a high speed in the shoulder before the crash.

Byrd's next court appearance was set for Jan. 7.

The crash marks the 112th traffic-related fatality for Metro's jurisdiction in 2019. It was the first of two deadly crashes Monday night. Two people died in a crash near Cheyenne Avenue and Lamb Boulevard around 8 p.m. Dec. 30.

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(5) comments

Hawks15

It sucks when lowlifes like her can live!!

stephenrblv

Dirty Bob

Tom Steyer is probably related to the judge and gave this killer a car loan.

DirtyBob

I would rather ask this lady for a ride, than watch one more Tom Steyer commercial.

Sincitypatriot

She deserves to be in prison a long time. What a senseless act of stupidity. Unfortunately it happens all day on the roads in Las vegas

stephenrblv

Well at least the driver wasn't booked in for Capital Murder charges. Cause I am sure she didn't mean to kill the other person but chit happens. RIP other person, wrong place wrong time. Odds are this killer is out on bail today.

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