Police in north Las Vegas are investigating a fatal accident Monday morning in which a car was sent to a COVID-19 information tent.
The wreck occurred around 10:38 a.m. in the area of West Carey Avenue and North Martin Luther King Boulevard, the police said in a press release. No one was in the information tent during the crash, said police spokesman Alexander Cuevas.
Police said a silver Honda Accord was heading west on Carey and was approaching MLK at high speed when it was unable to stop at a red light.
The Accord crashed into another car, a silver Mazda SUV, which was turning left onto MLK heading north at a solid green light from Carey.
Police said the impact got both cars going and the Accord plowed into the COVID-19 information tent in an adjacent parking lot. The exact purpose of the empty tent was not clear. Cuevas said it was not a vaccine or a testing site.
The driver of the SUV, a man in his sixties, was taken to the university hospital, according to police. The driver of the deal, a man in his thirties, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Impairment was not known to be a factor, but speed was, police said. Police told drivers to avoid the intersection, which was closed to traffic, while they investigated further.
The coroner’s office will name the man who died after notifying his relatives.