Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009 | 8:24 p.m.
Police say an argument between two people in a car might have contributed to the driver losing control and crashing into two other vehicles Sunday in North Las Vegas, leaving three people in critical condition.
North Las Vegas police received numerous reports of the crash at about 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Craig and Valley roads. Authorities said witnesses reported the 25-year-old driver of a red 1999 Ford Crown Victoria and a 24-year-old passenger were involved in a physical altercation that might have caused the driver to lose control of the car.
Police said the Ford was traveling at a high rate of speed while westbound on Craig. The vehicle then entered the path of oncoming eastbound traffic, colliding with a 1997 Toyota Rav 4 and a 1998 Mitsubishi Diamonte.
Two occupants of the Toyota, described as 49- and 48-year-old Las Vegas residents, and the 27-year-old driver of the Mitsubishi were taken to University Medical Center's trauma unit in critical condition, police said. The driver of the Ford that crossed into oncoming traffic was taken to UMC with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening.
Investigators said drugs and excessive speed might be factors in the crash. The driver of the Ford will face charges in connection with the crash, police said.
Authorities weren't releasing the names late Sunday of anyone involved in the crash.