Driver flees scene after fatally hitting pedestrian who was ‘illegally in the road’

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ST. GEORGE — Police are looking for a driver who allegedly fled the scene after fatally hitting a pedestrian in Nye County, Nevada, in the early morning hours Friday.

Nevada Highway Patrol responded to the incident at approximately 1:33 a.m. PST on southbound state Route 160 south of mile marker 8.

The driver was southbound on SR-160 at the time of the incident, according to a news release issued by Nevada Highway Patrol.

An unidentified 52-year-old male was illegally in the roadway in the right travel lane,” the news release states.

The pedestrian was hit by the oncoming vehicle, at which point the driver fled the scene, according to the news release.

Medical responders arrived and pronounced the man dead at the scene. Authorities have not yet released the man’s name pending further investigation.

Nevada Highway Patrol investigators traced vehicle parts located at the scene of the crash scene and found that they belong to a 2010-2013 model Chevrolet Camaro.

The Camaro will likely have moderate left front end damage. The driver may have been traveling to Las Vegas, according to the news release.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Joey Albano at 702-432-5293 or 702-486-4100. Information may also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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8 Comments

  • ladybugavenger November 17, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Im sure the guilt, for leaving the scene of a fatality, will get to the driver and he will turn himself him (as soon as he sobers up)

  • NickDanger November 17, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    My guess, Ladybug, is that many times when drivers flee the scene of an accident, it’s for no other purpose than to sober up. And to be objective, much as I hate to say it, it’s the smartest thing a drunk person can do when he has just done something awful. If this guy was drunk, it’s definitely going to be his fault and a serious felony. I’m sure fleeing the scene of an accident carries its own serious penalties, but not nearly as serious as the difference in whether or not the perpetrator can give himself time to get sober before facing the music.

    • desertgirl November 18, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Wow, amazing how many like you and ladybug don’t even have all the facts but you assume and find guilty right off the bat. May very well have been drinking. Another scenario; very dark at 1:30 A.M., the article states that the man hit was in the road, could be a real accident. Perhaps the guy hit was drunk. Driver may have thought they hit a animal and drove on. You and rest of don’t yet. God help us, as people like you sit on juries.

      • NickDanger November 18, 2017 at 12:03 pm

        Geez Desertgirl, just saying, the guy could have been drunk. He did flee the scene of the accident or are you forgetting that part. Also, I doubt they’ll seat the jury until (unless?) they catch the perpetrator. Seems to go down quite often, though, just how Ladybug said – day or two after the incident somebody steps forward, either out of a guilty conscience or because they know they left behind enough evidence that they’re eventually going to be caught – totally sober. On the other hand, it doesn’t seem like they have much to go on in this one. Lot of 2010-2013 Camaros on the road, and if the guy is half-smart his particular 2010-2013 Camaro is well off the road by now. Guy might have gotten away with it.

      • ladybugavenger November 18, 2017 at 4:46 pm

        Well desertgirl, the driver is guilty of leaving the scene. The driver knows the car hit something. The driver will eventually know that it was a human being and the person died. The previous sentence was carefully worded to not accuse the driver of knowing what was hit. What kind of human being being doesnt stop when they hit something? One that is under the influence, has a warrant, has no insurance, and so on. One that is guilty of something. Otherwise, a driver would stop. No one expects hitting a person on the freeway. That is not the drivers fault. Everything before and afterwards is the drivers fault. I say before because he left the scene to not get caught with something that was going on before hitting a human on the freeway.

        • ladybugavenger November 18, 2017 at 8:57 pm

          By now the person that hit the pedestrian that was illegally on the freeway knows what was hit.

          The best thing to do is come forward with your “I thought it was an animal” story.

          Just curious for those of you that have hit a deer or an animal while driving. Did you know right away it was a deer? Coyote? Dog? Did it ever appear to be a person?

          I ask because I have a hard time believing a person can be mistaken for an animal like desertgirl suggested. Unless, the person was under the influence of drugs or lots of alcohol and blacked out.

          Enlighten me

          • Gcia November 19, 2017 at 10:13 pm

            Some years ago when my hubby was in law enforcement, he was called to go check out something hit on the freeway, by a semi truck, in the middle of the night. Hubby checked it out, drove over the remains, still dark out, and confirmed that it was in fact an animal. Wasn’t til morning light that they found a shoe and a human hand, imbedded into the freeway, confirming it was a drunk woman who had attempted to cross the freeway. 😔

          • ladybugavenger November 21, 2017 at 7:29 pm

            Thank you for the enlightenment

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