25-year-old man dies when vehicles collide

A 25-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning when he drove his truck into the path of a tractor-trailor on state Route 165 between Nelson and U.S. Highway 95.

Matthew John Roberts of Las Vegas was driving a 1979 Chevrolet pickup north on the highway but in the southbound lane, Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Kevin Honea said.

About 10 a.m. he drove over a ridge and into the path of a Peterbilt tractor-trailer traveling south.

The left front of the pickup hit the left front of the tractor-trailer, Honea said.

Two other passengers in the pickup, a 21-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman, were thrown from the vehicle. They were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. None of the three people in the truck was wearing seat belts, Honea said.

The tractor-trailer driver was treated at the scene.


Pedestrian struck and killed by car identified

The pedestrian who was hit and killed by a suspected drunken driver on June 15 has been identified as 79-year-old Julian Umphlett of Las Vegas.

Umphlett was walking on Lamb Boulevard near Colorado Avenue about 6 a.m. when a Ford Taurus driven by 34-year-old Jose Silva drove onto the sidewalk and hit him, Las Vegas police said.

Umphlett was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he died.

Silva continued driving until he was forced to stop by witnesses who had followed him, police said.

He was arrested and charged with felony driving under the influence.


Man rescued after cliff dive dies of injuries

A man critically injured in a 90-foot cliff dive at Lake Havasu over the holiday weekend has died at a Las Vegas hospital. Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center officials confirmed Tuesday’s death of Brandon Mueller, 23.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Smith said the Washington state resident didn’t surface after the July 5 leap at Copper Canyon, a popular spot on the lake. A private diver who was treasure hunting nearby located the victim about 25 feet below the surface on the California side of the lake.

Smith said medical personnel administered CPR before Mueller was flown to Sunrise.

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