Family speaks on loss of retired lieutenant, mother who died after Henderson crash

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We learned more about, Marva Whitehead, the woman hit and killed by a car in Henderson on Dec. 20. Her family spoke to us about her life and her recent move to Las Vegas.

The 75-year-old Whitehead moved to the Las Vegas valley in August from Utah. She came to be closer to her biological children and grandchildren following the death of her husband in February. Whitehead was a retired lieutenant from the Weber County sheriff’s – about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City. 

Her family says she became the first female lieutenant in Utah state history. The sheriff’s office posted a tribute on their facebook page to her shortly after learning of her passing. 

Whitehead’s children recalled her passion for helping others and caring about family. 

“All her focus was on [her] grandkids and she wasn’t in great health when she passed away,” said her son Kurt Vanslate. “But that’s the one thing she wanted to see happen, was that her grandkids are set up for the next stage of their life.”

Henderson police say one car stopped as Whitehead attempted to cross the street, but the other didn’t see her in time. A preliminary investigation shows alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash. 

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