According to Las Vegas Metro Police, on March 30, 2015, at approximately 2:32 p.m., a double fatal injury hit and run traffic collision occurred on E. Sahara Avenue east of the intersection with S. Maryland Parkway.
Evidence at the scene and witness statements indicated 7 pedestrians were near the bus bench and shelter on the south sidewalk of E. Sahara Avenue east of the intersection. A 2005 Volvo S60, driven by 20-year-old Leonardo Ruesga, was traveling east on E. Sahara Avenue. The 2005 Volvo left the roadway to the right over the south curb east of the intersection.
The Volvo continued traveling east with the passenger side tires of the vehicle on the sidewalk as it was passing the bus bench and shelter. An 18-month-old female juvenile was in a stroller and was the first person struck by the passenger side of the vehicle.
A 58-year-old female was standing with her 6-year-old granddaughter on the east side of the shelter when they were both struck by the passenger side of the vehicle.
The impact caused injuries to the lower extremities of the 18-month-old and she was transported to Sunrise Hospital. The 18-month-old was later released. The impact forced the grandmother and her granddaughter to the ground.
They were both transported to the University Medical Center Trauma hospital where they were pronounced dead despite all treatment efforts.
The vehicle failed to stop and remain at the scene of the collision, but was followed by a witness to an apartment complex.
Leonardo Ruesga and his 15-year-old female passenger were found hiding in an apartment after a search with K9 Officers was conducted.
Leonardo Ruesga was identified by witnesses as the driver of the Volvo at the time of the collision.
Leonardo Ruesga admitted to driving the vehicle and ingesting illegal substances before he was arrested for Two Counts of Driving Under the Influence involving Death, and One Count of Duty To Stop at the Scene of an Accident Involving Death and Personal Injury.
These were the 28th and 29th traffic related fatalities in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments jurisdiction for the year 2015.
Following the notification of the next of kin, the Clark County Coroner’s office identified the victims as 58-year-old Maria Garcia and her granddaughter 6-year-old Alyssa Aisa, both of Las Vegas.