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Man arrested on DUI count after fatal crash in Henderson

Updated Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.

Jeffrey Phelps

Jeffrey Phelps

A man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol collided with two vehicles Sunday, killing a passenger in one car, and then attempted to walk away, according to Henderson Police.

It was the first traffic fatality of the year in Henderson.

At about 7:45 p.m. Sunday, a Nissan Altima traveling eastbound on Volunteer Boulevard, near Executive Airport Drive, crashed into the back of a Toyota RAV4, police said. Jeffrey R. Phelps, 36, of Henderson was driving the Altima and continued eastbound on Volunteer Boulevard after hitting the Toyota, according to a police statement.

Phelps then hit a Toyota Camry head-on in a westbound lane, police said. A 68 year-old woman from Hawaii who was a passenger in the Camry was airlifted to University Medical Center and died from her injuries just before midnight, police said.

Phelps was booked into the Henderson Detention Center on counts of driving under the influence resulting in death, leaving the scene of an accident and hit and run, police said. He was being held without bail.

The driver and a second passenger in the Camry and a passenger in the RAV4 were transported to St. Rose Dominican Hospitals — Siena Campus for treatment of injuries.

Following the crash, Phelps was seen walking away from his car and was located nearby, police said.

The Clark County coroner will release the deceased woman’s identity after the family is notified.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect that Jeffrey R. Phelps was being held without bail. | (April 16, 2013)

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  1. $3,302 bail? Chump change for such a horrific crash. He'll probably be on the next plane to somewhere. Bail is higher for someone walking down the street smoking dope. Something wrong in Hendertucky..

  2. Couldn't agree more with you, doogie. It's being soft on drunks such as in this case that reveals authorities and the court system really don't take DUI as seriously as they should. However, the primary blame must be put on jerks like Phelps who are too stupid to realize that drinking and driving do not mix. Once convicted, he must be put away for a long time. Not only to teach him a lesson (one probably lost on him), but to convey to others that drinking and driving is absolutely unacceptable!

  3. Who tries to flee such an accident? That bail is a slap in the face to the family of the deceased...

  4. Impaired driving is a violent crime.

  5. Was his bail appx 11,000 or 3300? Either way that is way too low. A person died!! People with minor crimes have higher bail. What's wrong with this picture?