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Mom killed in fatal crash near 215 Beltway identified

Updated June 21, 2024 - 6:50 pm

A woman who died in a fatal crash in the area of Cheyenne Avenue near the 215 Beltway on Sunday has been identified as Samyia Johnson. She was 45.

Her three children survived the accident, according to a GoFundMe organized to help pay for their medical expenses. “It’s with great sadness we share Samyia Johnson has passed on,” the page reads.

The three children were taken to a local hospital, Nevada State Police said. They were reported to be in stable condition.

Police said that a preliminary investigation of the crash suggests that Johnson was driving faster then the speed limit heading eastbound in the middle lane of Cheyenne Avenue.

When trying to merge into the far right lane, Johnson struck a curb and two paddle markers, police said.

She then lost control of the car, drove off the road into the desert and struck a traffic light, according to a statement from police.

“Unfortunately, this vehicle caught fire,” police said. The passengers, her children, were able to exit, but Johnson was not.

After the accident, which occurred around 9:40 a.m. on Sunday and involved only one vehicle, police shut down the area to investigate the crash, according to a statement.

The investigation by Nevada State Police Highway Patrol is still ongoing.

Contact Estelle Atkinson at eatkinson@reviewjournal.com.

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