A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a vehicle while using a crosswalk in northeast Las Vegas on Tuesday. The fatality brings the traffic death toll in the Las Vegas Metropolitan area to 88 since the start of 2016.
The fatal collision occurred around 7:00 p.m. when the man was struck by a Ford Mustang on Lake Mead Blvd.
The 46-year-old driver has been cooperating with investigators and did not show any signs of impairment when speaking to police.
This marks the second pedestrian death within a week. Another man was reported to have been killed on Oct. 17 in a hit-and-run accident.
His body was reported to have been found in the middle of the street after drivers were reportedly swerving to avoid hitting an object. Police reports indicate that he was wearing dark clothing in a poorly lit section of roadway. The report stated that an unknown vehicle struck the man, but that red paint and chrome parts were found at the scene.
Pedestrian Accidents Epidemic
The state of Nevada declared an epidemic of pedestrian deaths in March after 92 pedestrians had reportedly been killed by vehicles from Jan. 1, 2015 to Feb. 26, 2016.
Crash reports suggest that most pedestrian deaths occur at night on roads with speed limits of 40 mph or higher. Pedestrians who wear dark clothing, ignore crosswalks or are neglectful of their surroundings while crossing th