Las Vegas Metropolitan Police report that on September 17, 2021, at approximately 3:58 a.m., a vehicle versus vehicle collision occurred near the intersection of West Spring Mountain Road and South Decatur Boulevard.
Evidence at the scene, witness statements, and surveillance video of the collision indicted a white 2020 Rolls Royce Cullinan was traveling westbound on West Spring Mountain Road and entered the intersection with South Decatur Boulevard at a high rate of speed.
The Rolls Royce began to lose control west of the intersection. A 2021 white Ford Mustang was facing southbound in the private drive of 4970 West Spring Mountain, waiting to enter the roadway. The Rolls Royce exited the roadway to the right, colliding with the Ford Mustang.
The Rolls Royce continued westbound on West Spring Mountain Road and collided with roadside utility poles, landscaping, and a fire hydrant. The Rolls Royce overturned onto its roof, ejected the right front passenger from the vehicle, and uprighted itself before coming to rest. Debris from the collision collided with a 2014 Scion XB that was parked, unoccupied at 5010 West Spring Mountain Road.
Arriving medical personnel transported the passenger to University Medical Center’s Trauma Unit. Despite all life-saving measures, the male passenger succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the Rolls Royce remained at the scene and showed signs of impairment. The driver was subsequently arrested for applicable charges.
The passenger’s death marks the 98th traffic-related fatality in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s jurisdiction for the year 2021. The collision remains under investigation by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Collision Investigation Section.
“In the academy, you knew that Josh had the thing, the thing that’s not teachable,” said Acting Police Chief Renee Dominguez at a press conference on Saturday. “He knew everybody to the point that we received a text message from a woman who lives in Westville Manor, his walking beat initially, saying that her heart was broken and calling him by the nickname that they had given him out in Westville Manor. He did not only touch the men and women in this police department but the community as well.”
Statement from Castellano Family
His family released a statement on Monday, calling Castellano “a gift,” who proudly served his community as a police officer.
“Amid our unimaginable heartbreak and grief over the tragic loss of Joshua, we are comforted by the overwhelming love and expressions of support from Joshua’s Police Officer family, his friends and the Yale community,” the statement, released via the police department said. “Joshua’s life was a gift, and we are grateful that he could share part of it with his colleagues at the New Haven Police Department and with the countless community members he encountered while proudly serving on the police force. Joshua approached his life and work with unmatched passion and excitement, and his genuine love for people was infectious. “
It continued: “We hope that others will honor Joshua’s memory by following his excellent example of selfless service to the community. As we pray for strength during this dark time, we will celebrate Joshua’s remarkable life and the light and joy he brought to our lives and the lives of so many.”
Number: 1 Driver: Robert Ferraro
Address: East Haven, CT
Age: 34 Male
Vehicle Information: 2020 Rolls Royce Cullinan
Passenger: Pending notification Injury: Fatal
Address: Pending notification
Age: 25 Male
Passenger: Matthew Borges Injury: Minor
Address: Bethel, CT Age: 32 Male
Passenger: John Truhart Injury: Minor
Address: New Haven, CT
Age: 31 Male
Passenger: Elizabeth Alvarez
Address: San Antonio, TX
Age: 27 Female
Passenger: Frida Navaro
Address: San Antonio, TX
Age: 24 Female