A speeding Las Vegas woman who was drunk and high on cocaine collided with another drunk driver who was also high on methamphetamine, tragically killing them, and authorities announced charges months after the deadly crash.
Summer Butler, 37, now faces charges of DUI resulting in death, reckless driving and possession of a controlled substance in connection with the fatal crash, which occurred in January, according to recently obtained court records seen by 8 News Now I-Team.
North Las Vegas police reported a two-car accident on Jan. 14, where one car was making a U-turn in a center lane when it crashed into another vehicle, driven by Butler.
Driver, passenger ejected from vehicle, suspect “acted erratically” and had to be sedated
Police said the driver and passenger of the first car were ejected from the vehicle.
Meanwhile, Butler’s car continued to travel about 150 feet before coming to a stop. All three were transported to a nearby hospital, where police said Butler “was acting erratically (and) and would be sedated by medical personnel,” the outlet reports.
A police report noted that “a small bag containing a white substance fell out of the left side of her bra” while a trauma paramedic was tending to Butler’s injuries. The substance later tested positive for cocaine.
Blood tests confirmed that he had cocaine and cannabinoids in his system at the time of the accident and revealed that he had a blood alcohol level of .102, above the legal limit. The legal limit in Nevada is .08.
Both victim and suspect were under the influence at time of crash, blood tests show
The victim who died in the crash, who was not identified, was also drunk and high at the time of the crash, with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit and tests showing a substantial amount of methamphetamine in his system. , according to police.
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Butler was driving 70 mph in the moments before the collision, in a 40 mph zone. Data from his car shows that he was traveling at an exact speed of 73 mph at the time of the accident.
Court records show that Butler had previously pleaded guilty to a DUI in Omaha, Nebraska in 2017, according to KTLA.
In June, authorities issued an arrest warrant for Butler months after the deadly crash.
She was released on $15,000 bond on August 29, with orders to remain abstinent from alcohol and drugs as part of her release terms.