After escaping the worst mass shooting in the nation’s history, a couple that survived the Las Vegas shooting were killed in a car crash last week. When bullets began to fly from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel, Dennis Carver, 52, shielded his wife’s body, lying on the ground on top of her.
Two weeks later, Dennis and Lorraine Carver, 53, died on Oct. 16 after their car ran into a metal gate and burst into flames. Highway patrol officer Mike Lasig said the car’s driver struggled to negotiate the curves of a winding northbound road, Avenida de Arboles. The California couple’s 2010 Mercedes-Benz sedan drifted off the road into the grass, hitting two pillars in a residential neighborhood.
They had been together 22 years and have two daughters, 16 and 20-years-old, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The couple fell more in love, Carver’s daughter told reporters, in the weeks after witnessing the massacre that took 58 lives. The Carvers had escaped the shooting unharmed. More than 22,000 people were in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd and later killed himself. Some survivors recount triggering noises and encounters that remind them of the attack, like the sound of a jackhammer, NPR reported one survivor cited. Another couple who survived the shooting experienced attacks on social media, including death threats and name-calling, as have other survivors. Conspiracy theorists suggest the government staged the shooting, or that the shooting never happened at all.
[Photo: Family photo/Instagram]