Scott Gragson Biography
Scott Gragson, 53, is a well-known Las Vegas businessman who was arrested for DUI after causing an accident on Thursday afternoon that left one woman dead. Gragson was born and raised in Las Vegas and is currently the Executive Vice President of the Las Vegas Land Division with Colliers International. He’s known in Las Vegas as a prominent member, business leader, and philanthropist.
His son, Noah, is a NASCAR driver and is currently competing in the Xfinity Series.
Gragson is facing DUI resulting in death and DUI resulting in substantial bodily harm charges, according to police records. He’s also facing three counts of reckless driving.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said officers were called to the scene at Grey Feather and Granite Ridge drives at 4:48 p.m. on May 30.
Witnesses at the scene told police a 2015 Range Rover SVR was headed south on Granite Ridge at a high rate of speed but failed to maintain control of his vehicle while driving along a curve in the roadway.
One person died and three others were hospitalized after a single-vehicle crash in west Las Vegas Thursday, according to police.
A 36-year-old female suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A 50-year-old male and a 46-year-old woman suffered serious injuries and were taken to University Medical Center Trauma.
Gragson and a 44-year-old male sitting in the passenger seat sustained minor injuries, according to police.
He’s the Grandson of Former Las Vegas Mayor Oran K. Gragson
Scot Gragson is the grandson of Oran K. Gragson, the longest-serving mayor of Las Vegas who was in power from 1959 to 1974.
Basically said Noah Gragson should be held accountable and said that his daddy’s money will keep him a ride, and then started insulting a fan by his looks because the fan disagreed
— Jake (@KidFromGA) June 2, 2019
Oran Gragson created the Regional Transportation Commission which was responsible for funding and building a lot of the roadways and transportation infrastructure in Las Vegas. He is also credited with forming the Regional Planning Coalition and a majority of the public parks and recreational facilities in Las Vegas were built during his time in office.
Oran was known for being a civil rights leader in the city that helped to bring affordable housing to minority communities. He was recognized by the Southern Nevada Urban League in 1983 with the Founders Award for his work helping minorities to secure housing and employment.
He’s Involved in Numerous Charitable Causes
Scott Gragson is a local philanthropist who donates and helps several different organizations in the area. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada, he’s a Founder of Camp Firefly (which helps children afflicted with cancer and their siblings).
Scott is also a member of the Boy Scouts Invitational Golf Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Foundation, Hope for Prisoners and the Nevada Power Citizens Advisory Panel. He previously served on the Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada. Lastly, he’s an active supporter of the Links for Life Foundation.
In addition to his philanthropy, he served on the board for the Bank of Las Vegas and has been asked to serve on the governor’s office of economic development familiarization tour committee due to his influence and connections throughout Las Vegas.
He Was Sued After Two People Died at SpeedVegas
Scott Gragson owns the land that SpeedVegas is built on and was sued in 2017 after an accident occurred at the facility. SpeedVegas is a “performance driving experience in Las Vegas” that lets guests drive a variety of exotic supercars around their 1.5-mile track. Their website boasts that they will “Bring your exotic car and off-road vehicle fantasies to life on the longest and fastest racetracks in Las Vegas”.
The track was chosen for the American spin-off of #1 UK television show Top Gear a crash occurred in May 2017 that killed instructor Gil Ben-Kely and customer Craig Sherwood. According to NESN, A lawsuit was filed on behalf of SpeedVegas driving instructor Francisco Durban that claimed the “Lamborghini Aventador involved in the fatal crash on Feb. 12 wasn’t safe for track use, as it was an open-top roadster and wasn’t fitted with a roll cage.” and that the car was outfitted with “numerous aftermarket modifications” that were recalled for safety reasons.
The lawsuit also claimed that the track itself “is inherently, excessively and unnecessarily dangerous in design and operation,” A settlement was eventually reached in the lawsuit and SpeedVegas remains open to this day.