Identity of driver in crash remains mystery 6 months after officer's death

LAS VEGAS - It's bee a months since a North Las Vegas police detective was killed in a car crash while on duty, and questions, including the identity of the driver, still linger.

The crash that claimed the life of Officer Chad Parque occurred on Jan. 6 on MLK Boulevard near Carey Avenue.  Parque was hit head-on by another vehicle driving the wrong way on the road.

Parque died the following day.

The Clark County District Attorney's office said it just received the police report from the North Las Vegas Police Department two weeks ago.  District Attorney Steve Wolfson talked about the case after a call-in to host Alan Stock's radio show on KXNT Tuesday night.

Stock: "I got a call from Ray coming in. Ray you're on KNXT with Steve Wolfson, welcome to the show, sir."
Ray, radio caller: "Thank you sir. This is a question for Mr. Wolfson. You just announced that within the next 10 to15 days, I think you said you're going to have a have a decision on what you're going to do with Officer Lopera, yet it's been a year or so, and we've never found out the identity of the person that killed Chad Parque.  So, where's the justice for Mr. Parque? And why the immediacy of the Lopera situation?"

Wolfson said his office had just received the case and are now reviewing it. 

Wolfson: "We have to wait until they submit cases to us."
Ray: "So the driver will be publicly identified the way we publicly identify all our officers?"
Wolfson: "I don't know that it's not public record sir, it's in police reports right now. It was submitted over to our office.
Ray: "Is it a sealed case?"
Wolfson: "No it's not a sealed case."

8 News NOW reached out to the D.A.'s office about the case regarding Parque's death, and a representative with the offices said, the file wasn't sealed by the courts, but the documents aren't public records, so they will not be released.

Stock: "Steve, it's my understanding that this person was an older woman, meaning close to 70."
Wolfson:  "Yeah she was going the wrong way."
Stock: "But it was not a case of her being either under the influence of alcohol or drugs?"
Wolfson: "Right. My understanding -- and I just got a partial briefing today -- was that she was speeding.  She was going the wrong way on the street she was driving."

Wolfson also told the host he hopes to have a decision on whether they'll be moving forward with the case within the next month. 8 News NOW reached out to the North Las Vegas Police Department, and it says detectives in the case have recommended charges to the D.A.'s office for review.


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