Tragic Hit-and-Run on Las Vegas Freeway Results in the Death of Two Nevada State Troopers

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Undersheriff Andrew Walsh, right, speaks about two Nevada State Troopers that were struck and killed on I-15, during the press conference as Deputy Chief Branden Clarkson looks down at Metro headquarters, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, in Las Vegas. Police say the troopers were checking on a sleeping driver on the I-15 freeway around 3:30 a.m. when they were struck. The suspect was found hours later. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

In a devastating incident early Thursday, two Nevada state troopers were killed on a Las Vegas freeway, struck by an impaired driver while assisting another motorist. The suspect fled the scene but was later apprehended, according to police authorities.

Fatal Incident on Interstate 15

The troopers had stopped to assist a driver who was asleep behind the wheel on Interstate 15 near downtown Las Vegas around 3:30 a.m. when they were hit by a white Chevrolet HHR. The driver, identified as 46-year-old Jemarcus Williams, did not stop at the scene, leading to a manhunt that concluded with his arrest at a nearby apartment complex.

Arrest and Charges

Las Vegas police Undersheriff Andrew Walsh announced the arrest at a news conference, expressing the need for community support during this tragic time. Williams faces charges of reckless driving, DUI, and failing to stop at the scene of the crash. The charges include a sentencing enhancement due to the deaths, which could significantly increase his punishment if convicted.

Community and State Response

The troopers, both described as husbands with children, have not been publicly identified pending further investigation. A solemn procession of law enforcement officers escorted the bodies to the coroner’s office, where they were received with full honors.

Governor Joe Lombardo expressed profound sadness over the loss, stating, “This is a devastating loss for Nevada law enforcement, the city of Las Vegas, and our entire state.” He ordered all U.S. flags in Nevada to be flown at half-staff until the troopers’ funerals.

Impact on Traffic and Previous Incidents

Following the incident, a section of the highway and several on-ramps were closed for hours, causing significant traffic delays. This tragedy echoes a similar incident in 2021 on the same freeway, where state trooper Micah May was killed during a vehicle pursuit.