News Update: Man asleep at the wheel responsible for fatal April 23 crash

LAS VEGAS, NV – The man responsible for a fatal car accident that killed two people last week says he may have fallen asleep while driving before the incident, reports Fox 5. He is also suspected of driving under the influence.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and Lamb Boulevard. Police arrived on the scene around 6:04 a.m. following 911 calls about the incident.

The first responders pronounced Romualdo Sales Barrientos Jr., 47, and Danisha Marie Smith, 30, dead at the scene.

Barrientos Jr. was the driver and Smith was in the rear passenger seat when a Nissan Rogue driven by  23-year-0ld Avery Nellems strayed into their lane and hit them head-on. Nellems was driving about ten miles above the speed limit.

Nellems was reported to have “mumbled and confused speech” at the scene, according to police. Nellems claimed he was heading home from work at the time of the accident but couldn’t recall the location of the incident. He also told officers that he may have fallen asleep at the wheel just before he crashed.

Nellems was taken to the hospital following the accident for treatment. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he was treated. His next court date is on May 24.

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