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NHP: Man On Meth When Crash Kills Him, 2 Kids

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada Highway Patrol report says a Carson City man who died in an April traffic accident along with his two young children had high levels of methamphetamine in his system at the time.

The Nevada Appeal of Carson City says the report concludes 30-year-old David Melendrez was under the influence of a controlled substance when his car crossed the center line on U.S. 50 in Mound House.

His car sideswiped one oncoming vehicle and collided head-on with another.

His two children, 8-year-old Alexis and 3-year-old Colton, died within days in the hospital.

The NHP’s report, released Thursday, states Melendrez had 280 nanograms of meth in his system at the time. The legal limit under Nevada law is 100 nanograms.

The report also says Melendrez had two prior DUI convictions.


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