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Red Light Runner Kills Pedestrian at Crosswalk in North Las Vegas

By Farhan Naqvi, Personal Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas

James Curtis Philips was headed to work and decided to cross the street at Craig Road and Berg Street in North Las Vegas. Tragically, he never made it across. A car ran a red light and smashed into him. Mr. Philips died at the scene. He was only 22 years old.

Police indicate the at-fault driver may have been distracted, according to How they were distracted is still a mystery. Were they texting and driving or talking on their cell phone? Or did they simply look down at the wrong time and miss the light? We’ll have to wait and see what the accident report reveals.

My deepest sympathies go out to Mr. Philips’ family. Losing someone you love is devastating, but it’s especially heartbreaking when the loss is sudden. To make matters even worse, Mr. Philips was a young man with his whole life ahead of him. It is a tragedy in every sense of the word.

The crosswalk accident highlights the importance of keeping your eyes on the road. Far too many people suffer serious injuries or lose their lives in preventable accidents due to distracted drivers. In fact, close to 6,000 people were killed and over 500,000 people suffered serious injuries in distracted driving-related car wrecks, according to SR22 Insurance’s Distracted Driving Information and Guidance statistics. These numbers need to go down.

About the Editor: Farhan R. Naqvi is a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims injured in car accidents, drunk driver crashes, truck wrecks, slip and falls, taxi cab accidents, and bicycle crashes. He also has experience handling spine injury, product liability, underinsured/uninsured driver, and wrongful death cases. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, Green Valley, or Pahrump, give Farhan a call at 702-553-1000 for a free, no-hassle consultation.