Authorities in Las Vegas said that a Minnesotan man and a New Mexican lady were murdered after an SUV struck and killed them as they crossed a busy roadway against a “don’t walk” signal at the Fremont Street Experience casino mall.
Mykael Lanice-Lynn Terrell, 28, of Las Vegas, fled the site of the collision around 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday before being apprehended, detained, and incarcerated on suspicion of DUI, careless driving, and fleeing the scene of an accident, according to police and a prosecutor.
When a burgundy GMC Acacia driven by Terrell struck a 44-year-old man from Monument, Minnesota, and a 51-year-old woman from Hobbs, New Mexico, they were crossing Fremont Street on the corner of 4th Street, according to the police.
According to authorities, the woman was declared deceased at the hospital, while the guy was pronounced dead at the scene. In order to give time for family to be notified, the Clark County coroner’s office withheld the identities of the victims.
A local judge set Terrell’s bail at $100,000 and scheduled her court appearance for January 4 for the criminal charges that if found guilty would result in a mandatory minimum prison sentence of two to 20 years for each death. Terrell arrived in court on Thursday in handcuffs and was not given the opportunity to speak. If she is charged or a court orders her to stand trial, she will be required to enter a plea.
Terrell is a single mother of a 3-year-old who has been in Las Vegas for more than three years and works as an account executive for an online firm, according to Marissa Pensabene, a deputy public defender temporarily appointed to represent Terrell in court. Pensabene was unavailable to remark right away outside of court.
Terrell must wear an ankle bracelet electronic monitor and cannot drive if she posts bond, according to Judge Holly Stoberski.
On a three-lane, one-way roadway, there is a designated pedestrian crossing called the Fremont Street Experience. The area is frequently congested with people moving between casinos, shops, kiosks, street performers, bars, and restaurants while being covered by a four-block-long lit video canopy and a zip-line attraction.