A man who police said ran through a red light causing a nine-vehicle crash that killed a woman and seriously injured three others Friday afternoon was arrested on drug charges, according to Las Vegas police.
The crash killed a 56-year-old woman, police said.
Kenneth Rankin, 32, of Las Vegas, who suffered serious injuries, was booked in absentia at the Clark County Detention Center. He faces multiple charges of possession and sale, according to detention center logs.
Rankin was driving a 2012 Dodge Challenger east on Cheyenne Avenue and approaching the Jones Boulevard intersection when he ran a red light “at a high rate of speed” about 3:15 p.m. Friday, a Metro release said.
The Challenger struck a 1993 Ford Crown Victoria in the intersection, causing a chain reaction, police said.
The driver of the Crown Victoria, George Powell, 88, of Las Vegas, suffered serious injuries. He was traveling south through the intersection on a green light, police said.
The Challenger continued into the left side of a 2000 Nissan Xterra that was traveling north through the intersection on a green light. Both the Challenger and Xterra then struck a 2000 Toyota Rav4 traveling north on Jones.
Force from the Challenger’s impact caused the Xterra and the Rav4 to roll over. The driver of the Rav4, 60-year-old Susan Cintron of Las Vegas, suffered serious injuries
The driver of the Nissan Xterra, a 56-year-old woman who has not been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Five other vehicles, stopped facing west on Cheyenne Avenue for a red light, were damaged by the Challenger, Xterra and Rav4, police said.
Rankin and his passenger, 48-year-old Las Vegas resident James Bennett, suffered serious injuries.
Rankin was in custody at a local hospital.
Four occupants were transported to area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to serious.
Five juveniles were involved in the crash ranging from 2 years old to 16 years old. All were uninjured.
Review-Journal writer Ricardo Torres contributed to this report. Contact Kimberly De La Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-0381. Find her on Twitter: @KimberlyinLV.