NEVADA: High-speed hell ride in Mercedes landed Marsha Stewart Byrd behind bars for DUI homicide

Las Vegas Police Dept.

REPORTING DETECTIVES: P. Solomon / D. McCuistion / J. Pearson / Sgt. R. Stauffer / Capt. J. Letkiewicz
LOCATION OF ACCIDENT: Tropical Parkway east of Torrey Pines Drive
DATE OF ACCIDENT: 12/30/2019
TIME: 3:52 PM EVENT #: 191200140757
Number: 1 Driver: Marsha Stewart Byrd,
Injury: Minor
Address: Las Vegas, Nevada Age: 61 Female
Vehicle Information: 2001 Mercedes­Benz ML320
Number: 2 Driver: Pending Notification Injury: Fatal
Address: Las Vegas, Nevada Age: 53 Female
Vehicle Information: 2006 Toyota Camry
Las Vegas Metro Police report that on December 30, 2019, at approximately 3:52 pm, an SUV versus auto traffic collision occurred on Tropical Parkway east of Torrey Pines Drive.

the crazed driver was speeding on the shoulder and passing vehicles when she crashed and killed the victim

Evidence at the scene and witnesses’ statements indicated a 2001 Mercedes-Benz ML320 was traveling westbound on the unimproved shoulder, at an excessive speed, passing moving traffic. The driver attempted to reenter the single westbound travel lane and lost control of the vehicle.

The Mercedes­ Benz crossed the center line and impacted the driver’s side of a 2006 Toyota Camry traveling east on Tropical Parkway. The Mercedes­ Benz then rolled over, coming to rest on the south side of Tropical Parkway against a chain­link fence.

The driver of the Toyota was transported to UMC Trauma, despite medical intervention, the driver succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased. The Clark County Coroner’s office identified her as Gilma Rodriguez-Walters of Las Vegas.

The driver of the Mercedes Benz was suspected of being impaired by investigating officers. After being medically cleared, the driver of the
Mercedes ­Benz was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center for DUI and reckless driving.

The driver’s death marks the 112th traffic­related fatality in the LVMPD’s jurisdiction in 2019. The collision remains under investigation by the LVMPD Collision Investigation Section.