Pickup Truck Strikes, Kills Pedestrian in Northeast Las Vegas

January 12th, 2012 by Farhan Naqvi in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Traffic Enforcement

Obviously, drivers should be conscious of yielding the right-of-way to other vehicles on the road. However, must also be aware of everything else that is happening around them – and not lose focus just because they may have a green light. Doing so could result in serious injury to others – or even death.

Tragically, that’s what happened on Tuesday morning in northeast Las Vegas. A 51-year old man was driving a pickup truck on Eastern Avenue about 7:30am. He had an unprotected green light, so he tried to make a left turn onto Cedar Avenue, which is about a block north of I-515. Unfortunately, a 31-year old female pedestrian was crossing Cedar in a marked crosswalk at the same time. The truck hit the woman and dragged her for several feet. She died instantly.

In this instance, the woman had the right-of-way because she had a green light, and the truck was required to yield the right-of-way to her when making a left turn. Authorities speculate that the driver was trying to speed through the cross traffic and did not see the woman until it was too late.

The 51-year old man has not yet been charged with a crime, but the family of the victim still appears to have solid grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit against him. Because the 30-year old woman leaves behind four children between the ages of 9 and 13, such a suit could yield compensation to provide for the future care of the kids. Damages for unearned future wages and burial expenses might also be awarded to the plaintiffs.


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