When a drunk driver struck two troopers on the side of a Las Vegas motorway near the Spaghetti Bowl while they were helping another motorist, the troopers were killed in the line of duty. The officers’ identities were released by the Nevada Highway Patrol on Thursday morning.
According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which is looking into the incident, Sergeant Michael Abbate and Trooper Alberto Felix were both slain when they pulled over at around 3:23 a.m. to check on a driver who looked to be sleeping in his car off Interstate 15 in the vicinity of D Street.
Police claimed that shortly after the troopers came to a stop, a white Chevrolet HHR struck them and then took off in an unidentified direction.
While the other man passed away at UMC Trauma Hospital, the first man died at the site.
Five hours later, Las Vegas police discovered the car abandoned in an apartment block close to J Street and Monroe Avenue. They identified the culprit as 46-year-old Jemarcus Williams.
Williams was detained on two counts of each felony, which included failure to stop at the scene of a fatal accident, driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving resulting in death.
According to jail records, he was checked into the Clark County Detention Centre on Thursday around nine in the morning.
Abbate began working for the department in December 2013 and was promoted to sergeant in November, according to the Nevada State Police. Felix served in the US Air Force before joining NSP in January 2019.
“Both Sergeant Abbate and Trooper Felix dedicated their careers to serving the State of Nevada with exceptional commitment and pride,” NSP said in a statement. “The Nevada State Police extends its heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of our fallen heroes. We respectfully request that the media maintain the privacy of the families and the Department during this challenging time.”
Additionally, on Thursday afternoon, Las Vegas police shared two tributes to the slain troopers on X, the old Twitter.
“We are devastated by the loss of two @NVStatePolice Highway Patrol Troopers. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those mourning the loss of these two men who left behind their families and loved ones. We honour their service and sacrifice,” the department wrote.
Police are seen transporting the bodies of Abbate and Felix inside a building while scores of cops stand at attention and salute. The bodies are carried out of a van with flags draped over them. The video was posted later that day.
The Homicide Section of the Las Vegas Police Department is in charge of the ongoing investigation into the fatal incident.