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LAS VEGAS -- There's a growing makeshift memorial at the scene of a horrific bus crash that killed a grandmother and child Monday.

On Tuesday, the Clark County Coroner's office identified 58-year-old Maria Garcia and her granddaughter 6-year-old Alyssa Aisa as the victims of the crash that happened at Sahara Avenue and Maryland Parkway. An 18-month-old girl also suffered minor injuries.

“I can identify with this. I had to come and see for myself," said Cathy Nance, visited the makeshift memorial. "It's all just so sad.”

Police say Leonardo Ruesga was impaired when he drifted onto the curb near the bus stop shelter.

The victims' family was very emotional when they placed flowers at the scene of the crash Tuesday. Understandably, they were too distraught to speak on camera, but Heather Harris, their attorney, released a statement: “The family is devastated and in shock over this sudden and senseless tragedy.”

Nance says she used to ride the bus in that same area. She said it always felt dangerous.

“I don't like it. I've never liked it,” Nance said. “This is where I used to stand (pointing to an area at the bus stop). It gave me chills to just even pull up here, but I needed to do this because I have grandchildren the same age. This is ridiculous. How many more deaths do we have to have?”

Workers who dress in costumes on Fremont Street said Alyssa's father also worked there. 8 News NOW reached out to some of the workers in the area and everyone was saddened by the crash.

“I don't have any kids of my own, but I'm pretty sure if I did it would be heartbreaking,” Earl Adorno said.

Others had some empathetic advice for the victims' family.

“Keep them in your hearts and prayers, and they'll always be with you,” said William Spahr.

Officers said after the crash Rusega fled the area, but he was arrested after a short pursuit hours later.  Ruesga faces two counts of DUI involving death and one count of failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

His 15-year-old female passenger will not face any charges.

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