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Coroner identifies grandmother, child killed in crash

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's office has identified the victims of Monday's bus stop crash at Sahara Avenue and Maryland Parkway as 58-year-old Maria Garcia and her granddaughter 6-year-old Alyssa Aisa, both of Las Vegas.

Metro Police say an impaired driver struck the victims at the bus stop at approximately 2:30 p.m. Seven people were standing near the bus shelter when the crash happened. An 18-month-old girl also suffered minor injuries.

Investigators say the driver, Leonardo Ruesga, 20, drifted off the road and into the people standing near the bus stop.

Garcia and Aisa were taken to University Medical Center where they died. The 18-month-old girl was taken to Sunrise Hospital and later released.

Police say neither Ruesga nor his 15-year-old passenger suffered injuries. Police say both left the scene of the accident.

Authorities said a witness followed the car to an apartment, where Ruesga and his passenger were hiding.

Officers arrested Ruesga on two counts of DUI involving death and one count of failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

"There is no reason for anyone to ever get behind the wheel drunk. There's no reason for anybody to leave the scene of an accident," said Sgt. Richard Strader, Metro Police. "We tell everybody to use the sidewalks and the crosswalks to remain safe, but when we have knuckleheads like this driving up on the sidewalk. I don't know what to say. It's disheartening."

"They should be held accountable for what they did. They should have stayed there instead of running," said Dennis Dimzon, resident.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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