Las Vegas Fire & & Rescue
Two individuals are dead and 4 hospitalized after a crash on Main Street and Charleston Avenue caused a mini bus to roll over and catch fire on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.
Released Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015|10:35 a.m.
Updated Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015|4:57 p.m.
Five individuals associated with a fatal crash that caused a trip bus to turn and ignite have been recognized, and the Las Vegas man believed of causing the crash has been detained on numerous DUI counts.
According to City Authorities and Lt. Jeff Goodwin:
Firemens were called at 7:05 a.m. Saturday to the 1100 block of South Main Street at Charleston Boulevard. A 1990 BMW 540i driven by Jonathan Donner, 24, struck the Chevrolet bus, causing the bus to roll over and crash into a 2010 Ford F-150, then ignite.
2 bus passengers were eliminated; their names are being withheld pending notification of relative. 3 others– Stefanie Kloeppel, 30, of Germany, and Brian Zerbee, 39, and Sara Zerbee, 34, both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa– escaped the burning bus and were required to University Medical Center, as was the motorist of the BMW. Their condition had not been instantly understood.
The owner of the Ford, Sean Poe, 32, of Las Vegas, was not injured. Donner was detained on 2 counts of DUI leading to death and three counts of DUI leading to considerable physical damage.
The crash continues to be under examination. The deaths were the 67th and 68th traffic-related deaths in City Police’s jurisdiction this year.
Juan Leon, the 33-year-old general supervisor of Casa Mexican Restaurant, was at work when he heard the crash. The dining establishment is at 1204 S. Main St., about a block south of the crash website.
“By the time we came outside, the van was on fire,” he said. “The surge was so big. A couple of automobiles stopped to try to assist them, however there was definitely no way they might assist. We could not do anything but sit and enjoy, really. It was actually sad.”
Valeria Valera, 25, was establishing tables and chairs on the patio area of her business, Makers and Finders Coffee, at 1120 S. Main St., when she and a worker observed individuals stopping and taking pictures in the roadway. They then saw the consequences of the mishap.
“The (miniature bus) was completely on fire,” Valera said. “Myself and the other lady just kind of gone nuts. We were definitely scared about exactly what was going on. I called the cops, however they already were handling it.”
Streets in the location were closed until about 1:30 p.m. as authorities examined. Valera said she was able to enable clients in through a back entrance.