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Spring Mountain passengers ponder what might have been

Reported by: Michelle Velez
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Updated: 9/14/2012 12:27 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Right on schedule Friday morning, the 6:26 RTC bus pulled up at the stop on Spring Mountain and Decatur to pick up passengers.

Just 24 hours before, that same stop was the scene of one of the worst crashes in Las Vegas history.

Thursday morning, a man carrying four passengers lost control of his speeding car and plowed over a bus stop. The driver, identified as Gary Lee Hosey, 23, is suspected of driving while intoxicated.

All seven people sitting there were smashed -- four of them were killed.

Metro officers compared the scene to a war zone.

The bus routes resumed Friday morning, and reluctant riders had to stand just steps from the scene.

"I’m very nervous,” said regular rider Elanora Montgomery. “I look around and I see where people were standing and their clothing. … It's scary."

Montgomery and her 11-year-old daughter were supposed to be there when the car struck, but they were running late.

"My heart just sank,” she said. “I was like, 'Oh my God, that could have been me sitting there.' "

Aja Ponder would have been there too, but it was her day off. She says she woke up to several missed calls and frantic text messages.

"They were texting me 'Call me back as soon as you get this,’ “ she said. “They didn't know if I was OK or not. Luckily I was."

One of the first of the dead to be identified was 49-year old Johnnie Garner, a nurse at Sunrise Hospital. Her frantic daughter, Nichelle, spoke to news 3 as she waited confirmation of her mother’s death.

"She is the most caring sweet person I’ve ever met,” she said.

Humberto Rocha also knew that about Johnnie. He rode the bus with her every single morning -- except for Thursday because he was called off of work.

"We would say good morning and she would give me a big smile … the smile of an angel,” he said. "This shouldn’t happen. I’ve seen so many things in Vietnam, and this tops it all … innocent people.”



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