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Police: Driver was in a Hurry to Get Home

LAS VEGAS -- The 20-year-old driver accused of causing a deadly double fatal accident told police he had not been drinking alcohol or taking any medications prior to the accident that killed 45-year-old Maria Lewis and her son, 17-year-old Daniel Santos.

The accident happened Friday night at the intersection of Lamb Blvd. and Las Vegas Blvd. Police say Nathan Hardy ran a red light and slammed into the Lewis' car killing her and her teen son.

According to the arrest report, Witnesses told police that Hardy was speeding, running red lights and driving recklessly leading up to the accident.

Hardy told police he was returning from St. George, Utah and was in a hurry to get home. He told police he didn't see the red light.

Grief counselors showed up at Canyon Springs High School Monday to help students.

On Sunday night, there was a vigil with nearly 200 people held at the school in front of the school's band hall. High school senior Daniel Santos was a member of the school band. He was remembered as a good friend and inspiration to others. Classmates say he often stayed after school to help others. 

"He was a person who cared about others more than he cared about himself," said Michael Flores, victim's friend.

"He was just a great kid and a very much a part of the community so I know that he touched a lot of lives," said Milana Winter, Canyon Springs High School principal.

Grieving the loss of the teen, family and friends could only comfort each other with candles and shared memories.

"Since he's been gone it's been just so hard. He's not even my other half. He's like my heart you know," said Kayla Rodriguez, victim's girlfriend.

"You really couldn't not like him for any reason. Because he was just amazing. We are all going to miss him," said Evan Lewis, brother.

"It's unacceptable. A mother and her child were killed and it's not okay," said Michael Flores, victim's friend.

Friends say the pain of their loss will take time to sink in. 

Hardy faces two felony counts of Reckless Driving causing death. He is expected to appear in court on Feb. 3rd.