The Electric Daisy Carnival rolled into Las Vegas over the weekend, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the valley for the three-day techno music festival. By many accounts, the festival was a success, with only around a dozen arrests reported by police at the festival (mostly on drug-related charges). However, one festival attendee will not be returning home anytime soon.
A 31-year old man from Florida was hit by a pickup truck while trying to cross Las Vegas Boulevard near Gate 6 of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway grounds around 4:30am Monday morning. The truck was being driven at around 35 miles per hour by a 67-year old woman from Mesquite who was not associated with EDC whatsoever. The victim was transported to University Medical Center where he is listed in extremely critical condition.
It’s unclear whether the driver was at fault in this auto-pedestrian accident. If the Florida man was not in a marked crosswalk or crossing the street as directed by police (who were on the scene directing traffic as part of the event), then the elderly woman will not be held liable for the man’s injuries. However, if evidence shows that the driver should have stopped or slowed to avoid the pedestrian, then she will be held accountable for the man’s injuries. In this latter case, the man could file a personal injury lawsuit against the woman in the hopes of collecting reimbursement for his medical expenses and perhaps damages for pain and suffering or lost wages from work absenteeism.