More details on crash that killed Nevada liquor chain CEO Kenny Lee

The scene of the crash that killed Kenny Lee on U.S. 93 Alternate south of West Wendover.
The scene of the crash that killed Kenny Lee on U.S. 93 Alternate south of West Wendover.(Nevada Highway Patrol)
Published: Nov. 20, 2021 at 4:07 PM PST
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WEST WENDOVER, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE: The 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by liquor chain CEO Kenny Lee crossed over the centerline and sideswiped another vehicle before Lee was ejected and killed, the Nevada State Police said.

State police updated the Nov. 19 crash on U.S. 93 Alternate about 28 miles south of West Wendover near the Utah border.

Lee’s Dodge was going south when for an unknown reason it crossed the centerline and sideswiped a northbound Ford pickup pulling a flatbed trailer, the state police said.

Lee was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. The Dodge rotated clockwise across the highway into the southbound lane and was redirected back into the northbound lane where it came to rest, state police said.

The Ford rotated counterclockwise and came to rest between the northbound and southbound lanes. The driver and passenger in the Ford were not seriously injured.

It was the 32nd fatal crash in northeastern Nevada and 37th fatality.

ORIGINAL STORY: The chief executive officer of Nevada’s largest liquor dealer died Friday in a vehicle crash near the Nevada-Utah border, the company said Saturday.

Kenny Lee was 53 years old. His father, Hae Un Lee, started Lee’s Discount Liquors, which has 23 stores in Las Vegas, Reno, Mesquite and West Wendover.

The company said the crash happened in West Wendover. There was no information immediately available from the authorities.

Kenny Lee and his wife, Nami Lee, have three children, Nathan, Morgan and Addy.

Kenny Lee and his father founded Lee’s Helping Hand, which has given millions of dollars to Nevada charities in the past 20 years, the company said.

Kenny Lee was a golfer and Golden Knights fan.

No information on funeral services was available.

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Lee Discount Liquors CEO Kenny Lee.
Lee Discount Liquors CEO Kenny Lee.(Lee's Discount Liquors)