SEATTLE (AP) — A taxi passenger killed in a fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip has been identified as a 48-year-old woman from the Seattle suburb of Maple Valley, Wash.
The Clark County, Nev., coroner's office said Friday that Sandra Sutton-Wasmund died of multiple blunt force injuries.
Debbie Tvedt (twhite) is the office manager at a Maple Valley plumbing company that Sutton-Wasmund started with her husband, James Wasmund. Tvedt called the death "a big loss" and added tearfully, "This woman was everything to this community."
Tvedt said Sutton-Wasmund co-owned a dress shop called The Dazzled Dame and had gone to Las Vegas with her partner in the shop for a trade show.
A statement provided to KING-TV on behalf of Sutton-Wasmund's family described her as "a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister."
A phone message left for James Wasmund was not immediately returned.
Sutton-Wasmund was among three people killed in a dramatic, early-morning crash and fire Thursday.