June 3, 2019 - 11:46 am
Updated June 3, 2019 - 7:54 pm
The Clark County coroner’s office identified the man killed early Sunday in a suspected DUI crash involving a rented race car.
Joshua Badell, 39, was in the passenger seat of a Toyota Camry parked in a strip mall near Tropicana Avenue and Pecos Road when a green McLaren 570S left the road and crashed into the vehicle, police said. He died of blunt force injuries, and his death was ruled an accident, the coroner’s office said.
The driver of the rented McLaren, 29-year-old Stanley Butler of Washington, D.C., suffered serious injuries in the crash. Police said he showed signs of intoxication and was arrested on charges of DUI resulting in death, DUI resulting in substantial bodily harm and two counts of reckless driving resulting in death or substantial bodily harm, jail records show.
The McLaren’s passenger, a 29-year-old man from Temple Hill, Maryland, suffered critical injuries.
Dream Exotics of Las Vegas rented the McLaren to Butler at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, rental manager Vic Tyagi said in a phone interview Monday. He and some friends had rented two cars, including the McLaren, Tyagi said.
They showed no signs of impairment, passed all of the rental company’s background checks and were “100 percent responsible and eligible for a rental,” he said.
Tyagi offered sympathies to Badell’s family and loved ones, adding that the rental company was cooperating with the Metropolitan Police Department’s investigation. The company encourages safe driving, Tyagi said.
This crash marked the 50th fatality Metro has investigated in 2019.
This is not an accident! We do not ACCIDENTALLY get into our car after becoming impaired!! We make choices….and this CHOICE killed an innocent person. @LVMPD @DriveSafeNV @LVMPDSEAC pic.twitter.com/ipQVV8JVrQ
— LVMPD Traffic Bureau (@LVMPD_Traffic) June 2, 2019