Driver likely won’t be charged
A state police spokesman says the driver of the truck that collided with a four-wheeler in Romeroville, killing a 5-year-old girl will likely not face charges over the accident.
Lt. Robert McDonald said that the crash was still being investigated, but “the driver of the truck will probably not face charges.”
Two girls were on the four-wheeler. Killed in the accident was Destiny Encinias, 5. Shania Baca, 11, was injured.
Authorities said the four-wheeler was traveling along the northbound shoulder and made a left turn in front of a 1990 Dodge truck. The driver of the truck attempted to slow down and swerve to avoid the four-wheeler, but it struck the four-wheeler.
Both girls were thrown from the four-wheeler, and neither was wearing a helmet, state police said.
Encinias was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The accident occurred in Romeroville, at the frontage road, milepost 339.
Gas, water upgrades due
Between January and April, City of Las Vegas Utilities Department construction crews will be replacing and upgrading water, wastewater and gas utilities in advance of a street resurfacing project contracted by the Public Works Department.
The Utilities Department is planning to replace about 1,300 feet of water main, 1,000 feet of sewer main and 1,400 feet of natural gas main. Residential services will also be renewed in the area.
The city is hoping the upgrades will improve service reliability, reduce leaks and reduce outages to city customers.
According to city officials, “understanding and cooperation of residents and the public in observing traffic control, safety and parking issues” will be appreciated.
Questions may be directed to Esteban Medina, project manager of the Utilities Department, at 454-3832.
Council to take up contracts
The City Council is scheduled to vote tonight (Jan. 16) on whether to approve contracts for City Clerk Casandra Fresquez and Police Chief Christian Montaño.
As written, the contracts are for two years. City Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron said both Fresquez and Montaño have been doing a good job, but she said that as a matter of practice, she opposes personnel contracts longer than one year.