World War II veteran, aged 101, dies of broken neck after Las Vegas woman pursued by police crashes into his wife’s car at 80 mph
- The 101-year-old World War II vet died about a month on Thursday after a car accident that resulted from a high-speed chase with police
- A car traveling 80 miles per hour collided with the vet’s car and his wife while it was parked at an intersection in Henderson, Las Vegas
- The two women, who have both previously served time, face charges related to theft and the now-fatal accident
A 101 year old WWII veteran died Thursday after being injured in a high-speed car crash that ended in a shootout.
Dr. Herbert Muskin was in a stationary vehicle in Henderson, Vegas on March 1, when a suspicious vehicle traveling at more than 80 miles per hour while being driven by a woman crashed into Muskin’s car.
The impact caused the victim’s car, in which Muskin and his wife, Sherry, 89, were traveling, to crash into a pole on the opposite side of the intersection.
Muskin suffered a broken cervical vertebra in the crash, while his wife suffered bruises.
After nearly a month under the care of doctors, Muskin died on March 30 at an area hospital. Additional details about the cause and manner of his death were not provided on Thursday, but will be released at a later date.
Herbert Muskin in hospital after the crash, prior to his death on Thursday with his wife Sherry
Sherry Muskin said she escaped the crash with only a few bruises but had hoped for a full recovery for her husband
Several weeks ago, Muskin seemed to be making progress in his recovery after regaining the ability to communicate more than a week after the crash.
His wife said at the time that she was “hoping for a full recovery.”
Lorraine Alvarado, 32, and Kassandra Alvarez, 29, are charged with theft and the now-fatal crash.
Investigators say the pair had just robbed a sporting goods store and fled from police.
Alvarez was behind the wheel of a stolen getaway car that crashed into the Muskin’s vehicle.
Alvarado attempted to flee the vehicle with a gun in her right hand before pointing the gun at an officer, who fired his gun at her.
After falling to the ground, police said Alvarado rolled into a sitting position and continued to aim her weapon at officers.
Officers fired again and the suspect eventually dropped her weapon.
In a briefing about the crash, Clark County Assistant Sheriff Jim Seabock said the “photo is a suspect that doesn’t consider the consequences of her actions.”
In the aftermath of the arrests, Sherry said, “I’m glad they caught whoever had the gun. I don’t think she’ll ever get out, so I’m happy about that.’
Muskin suffered a broken cervical vertebra, which left him unresponsive nine days after the crash
Suspect Lorraine Alvarado who tried to shoot at police several times after the crash
Kassandra Alvarez accused in court, she stood alone during her last few appearances as Alvarado continues to recover from gunshot wounds sustained during the altercation
Herbert Muskin, a World War II veteran, in uniform
Damage to the Muskin’s vehicle after the robbers’ runaway car slammed into them at 80 miles per hour
The Muskins prior to the accident
Both women have been behind bars before.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next month, though prosecutors may choose to take the money to a grand jury instead.
Sherry Muskin previously launched one GoFundMe to help with some of her husband’s medical expenses and the aftermath of the accident that left them without a car.