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Mother Dies After Drunk Driver Runs Red Light, Daughter Injured

A Las Vegas woman was killed on Thanksgiving morning in a suspected DUI crash while they were out getting coffee at an area Starbucks restaurant.

Both the Houston Chronicle and the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that approximately 8:45  a.m. on Thursday, Monique Prado, 32, a single mother of three, and her 12-year-old daughter were returning home from the restaurant when their Nissan Sentra was struck by a Nissan Pathfinder SUV.  Investigators say that the driver blew through a red light at the intersection of South Durango Drive and West Russell Road when it hit Prado’s smaller vehicle.

Las Vegas Metro Police Department officers as the scene said that Monique Prado died at the scene of the crash, while her daughter suffered minor injuries.   The girl was transported to University Medical Center by relatives as a precaution.

Police have identified the driver as 27-year-old Nathaniel Postelle III, of Las Vegas. Postelle also suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to the county hospital for treatment. 

Police investigators say that an initial Breathalyzer test showed that Postelle had a blood alcohol level of at least 0.16 percent – or twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent. 

Court documents show that Postelle was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on charges of DUI, resulting in serious injury or death of another and possession of a controlled substance in connection to the crash.  

The defendant appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court on Friday, November 29th, where the judge set his bond at $25,000. 

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