Woman accused in drunken crash that killed man
Posted: Apr 10, 2010 12:57 AM
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) – A young man is killed by a suspected drunk driver in a vicious accident that sent a car into a pole.
It happened early Friday morning on Cheyenne near Soaring Gulls, between Cimarron and Durango.
Police say 29-year-old Miranda Dalton made a deadly lapse in judgement, allegedly drinking and getting behind the wheel. She’s now facing a felony charge of DUI causing death.
Dalton was driving westbound on Cheyenne when she reportedly plowed into the back of a Buick.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office is identifying the victim as 28-year-old Paul Maidman of Las Vegas. He was transported to UMC where he was pronounced dead.
One witness, who is shaken by the image the crash, says this is an unforgivable offense.
“How dare you slam into the back end of somebody and kill them,” said witness Cathy May. “She’s got to pay for everything that happened to the family. Their lives are ruined. Totally ruined.”
Dalton was less than one mile from her home at the time of the accident. Her neighbors say they don’t want to jump to any conclusions about what she was doing. Needless to say, they are very disappointed by the accusations.
“I am always shocked when someone gets in their car and drives drunk, regardless of whether they’re pretty, young or old. You’re putting someone else at risk and that’s not okay,” said neighbor Mia Casanova.
Dalton was booked into the Clark County Detention Center where she’s being held without bail.
This is the second deadly crash this week involving an accused drunk driver.