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Woman dies after hitting parked tow truck on U.S. 95 in Henderson

Updated Friday, June 14, 2013 | 10:22 a.m.

Car accident

A woman died and two people were injured Thursday after a three-car collision on U.S. 95 near Horizon Ridge Parkway.

Nevada Highway Patrol responded to reports of the accident about 4:20 p.m. A woman was driving a pickup truck south on U.S. 95 when she crashed into a tow truck loading a car on the shoulder, Trooper Loy Hixson said. She then hit a Toyota Camry in the middle travel lane.

The woman, identified Friday as Erika Deleon Funtila, 23, was pronounced dead on scene. Two passengers in the Camry were transported to a local hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, Hixson said.

U.S. 95 southbound from the 215 Beltway to Horizon Ridge Parkway was reopened about 8:25 p.m., according to the Regional Transportation Commission.

Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

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  1. I came along later, as the crew was cleaning up the accident site. Believe me, no one could have survived in that car. It looked like someone had turned it inside-out.

  2. Says a lot about why there are lawsuits. Possible they'll settle but.....visibility, lighting, speed traveling, completely on shoulder?

  3. Folks I don't know a single person, cops included who has never looked down for a second to change the station, grab a water or look at their phone. We have all just been lucky enough for it to happen at n opportune time. Who knows if that's even what happened, if so then this is a good reminder to all of us to keep our eyes on the road. 'My heart goes out to the family she left behind. These stories won't always be about some stranger; eventually it may be somebody in your life so have some class and sensitivity. It's more tragic if it was preventable but nonetheless hug your kid, call your mom and don't take a bad Monday, stubbed toe or toothache for granted as eventually all of us won't be so lucky.

  4. That is just a bad stretch of highway there. Poor design. You are just past a major bottleneck merge/exit lanes.. Surprised this is not a regular thing