The Clark County coroner’s office said the Las Vegas woman killed in a crash Tuesday, July 9, 2019 after her car barreled through a central valley construction site, died on her birthday. Rose Mary Modica was pronounced dead at University Medical Center. She was 56.
Police said it wasn’t known Tuesday evening whether impairment was a factor. On Wednesday, the coroner’s office ruled that she had died from multiple blunt force injuries she suffered in the crash. No other significant conditions were listed as a cause of death. Court records indicate that Modica had no prior DUI arrests in Clark County. It seems as if she was a good samaritan only to end up having her younger relatives removed from her vehicle by a group of nice people, with another son and daughter at home.
At the scene Tuesday on the 4400 block of Washington Avenue, witnesses told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Modica’s 2007 Toyota Camry, was weaving back and forth just before the crash. Her family said she would never do anything like this deliberately.
Another driver, David Carnell, who spotted the car in his rear-view mirror, said, “She had to be doing at least 100, and that’s no exaggeration. She honked her horn, like she couldn’t stop or something.”
In 2009, Toyota announced a floor mat recall that included 2007 to 2010 Camrys following reports of accelerator pedals becoming trapped under floor mats, causing unintended acceleration. The following year, Toyota announced an accelerator pedal recall that also included 2007 to 2010 model Camrys after reports of pedals sticking in cars without floor mats, causing unintended acceleration. The company later faced more than $48 million in civil penalties after a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into the timeliness of the recall announcements.