Las Vegas Strip Driver in Deadly Accident Reportedly Was in Jail Hours Earlier

The woman arrested for a fatal car crash on the Las Vegas Strip last week reportedly had just been released from prison before the collision. She was jailed for a prior assault conviction.

Jamara Williams in a mug shot, pictured above. She was charged in a fatal accident on the Las Vegas Strip. Hours before the crash, she was incarcerated. (Image: LVMPD)

Jamara Williams, 38, of Las Vegas was incarcerated for six months. She was released last Wednesday, KLAS, a Nevada TV station, reported. She was placed on probation.

But on Thursday, just hours after her release, the BMW she was driving struck a Nissan Versa near Resorts World Las Vegas. The BMW was traveling at 78 mph in a zone where the speed limit is 30 mph, police said. She was accelerating just as the BMW struck the Versa, police add.

At the time of the crash, the other driver, later identified as Bisheba Gaines, 50, stopped her car in a designated left-turn lane, KVVU, another local TV station, reported.

She was trying to turn into Resorts World. Williams was traveling south on Las Vegas Boulevard

The accident completely closed all lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard for several hours Thursday as police investigated the crash. A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officer was able to reach the crash quickly. The officer was nearby and heard the noise from the collision.

The heavily damaged Nissan Versa and a BMW, pictured above. The BMW crashed into the Versa last week on the Las Vegas Strip. (Image: KVVU)

Shortly after the crash, Williams and a passenger in the BMW both were treated at University Medical Center for injuries.

Gaines died at the scene. She suffered serious injuries. The Versa was heavily damaged from the two-car crash.

Williams admitted to smoking marijuana before the crash, police said. She was given blood tests at UMC. She also allegedly gave police a fake name when she was initially questioned by officers.

It was in November, that Williams plead guilty to assault with a deadly weapon for the earlier case. The charge was linked to her allegedly stealing food from another woman at a McDonald’s, KLAS said. Details on the incident were not immediately available.

Williams in Custody

Williams remained in custody Tuesday at the Clark County Detention Center. She was scheduled to appear in local court in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

She was charged with DUI resulting in death, DUI resulting in substantial bodily harm, two counts of reckless driving, and violating probation or conditions of a suspended sentence, according to local news reports.

Prior Traffic Deaths on Strip

The Las Vegas Strip has seen numerous accidents with serious injuries or deaths in recent years. For instance, the victim in an Aug. 5, 2021 Las Vegas Strip motorcycle crash later died.

The accident was at the Strat Hotel, Casino, and Skypod on Las Vegas Boulevard. The motorcycle was heading south on Las Vegas Boulevard. When it got to north of Bob Stupak Avenue, it collided with a Nissan Altima near the entrance to the casino’s valet area.

The motorcycle was being operated “recklessly,” witnesses told police, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

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