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Police: Pedestrians at Fault in Many Wrecks

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A man was killed Wednesday night while crossing the street outside a marked crosswalk on Sunset Road near US 95. A man was killed Wednesday night while crossing the street outside a marked crosswalk on Sunset Road near US 95.

LAS VEGAS -- A man who was hit and killed near Sunset Road and US 95 Wednesday night was struck so hard his body was lodged in the windshield of a taxi cab.

The driver didn't see him because the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk, the police said.

"These (deaths), without a doubt, can be prevented," Metro Officer Jose Hernandez said.

Hernandez said that so far this year, 109 people have died from traffic-related causes in the Las Vegas jurisdiction compared to 70 deaths in 2011.

In 2012, 39 pedestrians were killed, up from 22 last year.

"In majorities of these fatalities, pedestrians at the time are crossing outside a crosswalk," Hernandez said.

Adding to the danger, he said, is when the pedestrians aren't on foot.

A man was killed near Jones Boulevard and Robindale Road earlier this month when he was "jay-riding" on a scooter.

"When you are in that wheelchair you become even lower profile," Hernandez said. "It's impossible for drivers to see them."

Hernandez said jaywalking mostly happens near a bus stop where people just dash across the street instead of going to the nearest crosswalk, usually just steps away."

"They don't care about nobody, people don't care," driver Marta Guariglia said. "They don't use the crosswalk."

Drivers said they often have to avoid people darting across the roads, but one pedestrian said cars don't always stop, even for people in crosswalks.

"Too fast, running red lights even when people try to cross, they speed up," pedestrian Audreyana Smith said. "I think there should be more cops around just to make sure everything going should be going."

Hernandez said it is impossible for Metro Police to have an officer at every intersection.

"It's just not going to happen," he said.

According to police, drunk and distracted driving are also other big factors behind fatal wrecks in the Las Vegas valley.

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