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NHP finds, arrests driver involved in deadly Friday crash

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Updated: 9/22/2012 5:41 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- The Nevada Highway Patrol has arrested a driver who fled the scene Friday after a five-vehicle accident killed one driver and injured two others on I-215 near Sahara Avenue.

Thomas Rossnagel, 49, was arrested Saturday morning at Faith Lutheran, a private school, said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliot.

Rossnagel was booked into the Clark County Detention Center and faces five charges, including two felonies for hit and run causing injury or death. His first court hearing is set for 7:30 a.m. Monday.

NHP Sgt. Kevin Honea said the accident happened shortly before 7 p.m. when traffic slowed and the driver of a black Chevy Tahoe failed to stop, rear-ending a Mini Cooper that had slowed in the northbound lanes of I-215. A chain-reaction accident involved five vehicles, Honea said.

The driver of the Tahoe fled the scene and was being sought by law enforcement officials. No description was given because of differing eyewitness accounts.

The driver of the Mini Cooper was transported to the trauma unit of University Medical Center where he died. A passenger in the car as well as another accident victim were at UMC with injuries not considered life-threatening.

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