MESQUITE, Nevada – Officials have released the identity of the man who died Tuesday evening after traveling at a high rate of speed on northbound Interstate 15 before leaving the roadway and rolling his yellow Chevrolet Corvette.
The driver has been identified as 64-year-old Kim C. Jensen of Beaver Dam, Arizona and Riverton, Utah.
Witnesses told police the man was traveling in excess of 100 mph before leaving the roadway about 4 miles north of Mesquite, Nevada, Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. John T. Bottoms said.
One witness told police she believed Jensen was traveling close to 150 mph when he passed her, causing her entire SUV to shake, Bottoms said.
Authorities have yet to determine why Jensen left the right shoulder of the road.
“There were no obstacles as far as we know in his path,” Bottoms said, “so we don’t know if he just drifted off the road and then lost control, but he rolled and was ejected and died at the scene from his injuries.”
The Corvette was completely destroyed and unrecognizable, Bottoms said. The man was the only occupant in the vehicle and no other vehicles were involved in the collision.
Bottoms said there was an odor of alcohol near the vehicle due to beer cans inside the car rupturing during impact and spraying alcohol all over the area where the car came to rest. Authorities said they don’t know at this time whether alcohol played a factor in the rollover or if the driver was intoxicated or impaired at the time of the collision.
Officials made notification to Jensen’s family Tuesday night.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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