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Memorial signs honor 2 troopers killed by DUI driver on Las Vegas freeway

The Nevada Highway Patrol on Monday said that memorial signs have been added to two highways in honor of two troopers who were killed by a DUI driver last year.

Sgt. Michael Abbate and trooper Alberto Felix were killed by a hit-and-run driver early on the morning of Nov. 30, while they were checking on another motorist who had fallen asleep behind the wheel on a Las Vegas freeway.

Sargento Michael Abbate y el agente Alberto Felix. (Nevada Highway Patrol)
Sargento Michael Abbate y el agente Alberto Felix. (Nevada Highway Patrol)

The impaired driver, Jemarcus Williams, was seen “heavily intoxicated” at the Palms casino shortly before the crash, according to an arrest report. In April, Williams pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI resulting in death.

Last week, a judge ordered Williams, 46, to serve between 16 and 40 years in prison, the maximum possible sentence.

NHP said the memorial signs, which have already been installed, “will stand along our highways in tribute for their dedication to serving and protecting Nevada.”

According to the agency, the sign for Felix is located near Craig Road and Nellis Air Force Base, where he had served in the U.S. Air Force before joining Nevada State Police.

The Highway Patrol said the sign for Abbate is located near Las Vegas Motor Speedway, “Recognizing his racing days and contributions as the department’s leading emergency vehicle driver instructor.”

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