LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Nevada State Police said a 50-year-old woman died in a Friday southwest valley crash.

Police said early Friday morning around 4:15 a.m., NSP responded to a crash near the intersection of S. Durango Drive and the 215 beltway.

Preliminary investigation by police suggests that the driver of a 2016 Lexus sedan traveled northbound on S. Durango approaching the 215 intersection at a “high rate of speed.” At the same moment, Elizabeth Misako Teramoto, 50, occupied a blue Mini Cooper stopped at the red light on northbound S. Durango, south of the 215 westbound off ramp.

Police said the Lexus failed to decrease speed and struck the rear of the Mini Cooper.

“The Lexus rotated counter clockwise and traveled across the right travel lane, striking a curb and hitting a traffic light support and coming to rest facing north in a cross walk area,” police said. “The Mini Cooper rotated counter clockwise and traveled through the intersection, striking a light pole.”

The Mini Cooper came to rest facing north in the far left travel lane, north of the intersection.

Misako Teramoto was from Las Vegas. Police said she died at the scene.

The investigation is being conducted by the Nevada State Police Highway Patrol – Southern Command Multidisciplinary Investigation & Reconstruction Team. This marks the Nevada State Police, Highway Patrol – Southern Command’s 11th fatal crash, resulting in 11 fatalities for 2024.

Police said they have a man in custody after a suspected DUI in this case.


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