LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A 56-year-old woman was killed and four children were injured following a four-vehicle crash in the west valley.

The crash happened between a 2007 Toyota Camry and a parked truck and construction equipment near West Washington Avenue and North Glen Abbet Circle, near Decatur Boulvard.

Officers responded about 10:30 a.m. on July 9 to the construction site where the crash happened. The driver of the Camry, identified by the Clark County coroner as Rose Mary Modica, was speeding, police said.

Modica hit construction cones and barricades, then traveled over an open trench before colliding with a parked Chevrolet Silverado truck. During that collision, a tire flew off the Camry and hit a pedestrian on the sidewalk.

The Camry then spun out, hitting a large gravel pile and becoming airborne, police said. The front of the Camry then hit a Bobcat loader. Police said multiple vehicles were impacted by flying debris in the crash.

Modica was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the car. She later died at University Medical Center. 

Four children, ages 2, 4, 9 and 10, were all seriously injured. They were all taken to the hospital. The pedestrian was treated on scene. 

The mother of four children on Wednesday said the kids are expected to survive their injuries.

“I’m just devastated,” Thylicia McKnight said. “It’s just really bad.”

McKnight said her 9-year-old, Lenny, suffered the most severe injuries out of the children. He got out of surgery on Wednesday morning.

“[He has] two broken arms, lacerations, and doctors pulled five pieces of glass from his eye,” McKnight said. McKnight said the boy also has staples in the back of his head.

Her youngest child suffered a broken arm, her other son Noelle had a concussion, and her oldest, 10-year-old Herman, was sore.

McKnight shares the children with Modica’s son. Modica was taking care of the children while the parents got back on their feet.

“I’ve been homeless. The kids were residing in her home until I got the kids placed with me.”

Police do not believe impairment was a factor in the crash. It was too early in the investigation to determine if Mondica suffered a medical episode at the time of the crash.

This was the 58th fatal crash in Metro's jurisdiction in 2019. 

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Drug addict driver and kids parents.


Endangerment by reckless speeding, her assets need to be garnished to pay hospital for the injured people and property damages

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