LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A rollover crash in the northwest valley left four teens injured and one dead.
The collision happened at 10:17 p.m. on June 9 on North Shaumber Road between Tropical and Centennial parkways, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Evidence and witness statements indicated a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, whose six occupants ranged in age from 17 to 19, was traveling southbound on the access road when it lost control and rolled down an embankment, police said.
Two passengers riding in the bed of the truck were thrown from it when the vehicle rolled over, police said. The Las Vegas Fire Department responded and performed life-saving measures to the ones who were ejected and one who was inside the vehicle.
All three were taken to UMC Trauma; one of the passengers, identified by the Clark County Coroner as 18-year-old Summer Potochan, succumbed to her injuries, Metro said.
"If you plan on riding in the back of a truck, make sure you don’t, because we think we’re invincible but we’re not. We’re not replaceable and I don’t think anybody is going to replace my daughter. Ever. She will be missed,” said Summer's father David Potochan. “Once we’re gone we’re not replaceable. And I don’t think anybody will be able to replace my daughter. She will be missed."
“They did a common thing at the bonfire, or the road that she passed on. It was a road that they have gone to many times. Unfortunately she was riding in the back of the truck,” said Potochan.
“I instantly started crying and said this isn’t true. She didn’t leave us,” said Summer's friend Shannon Blanchard.
Two others suffered only minor injuries.
The driver of the Chevrolet was not injured and did not show signs of impairment. She stayed on the scene until police arrived.
This collision marks the 52nd traffic-related fatality in Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's jurisdiction for 2019 and remains under investigation.