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Pedestrian Deaths Climb Despite Safety Messages

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LAS VEGAS -- Pedestrians are being struck by vehicles in the Las Vegas valley at an alarming rate. In some cases, the driver is at fault, in other cases, it's the pedestrian.

Metro Police have spent countless hours getting the message out on pedestrian safety, but the numbers keep climbing. 

"I'm surprised. I see it everyday," said Kandice Jones who lives near Nellis Boulevard and Cedar Avenue. She watches as a driver ignores the crosswalk. "And it's just amazing how a whole row of cars stopped. He had to have seen those cars stop, but did he care? No. He just kept going right on down the road."

The location was the scene of the valley's latest pedestrian death. A woman was hit and killed in the crosswalk Thursday night. The driver left the scene.

Last year, there were more than 2,700 hit-and-run crashes in Clark County, most did not end with a death. This year, the number has dropped to 2,200.

"The bad thing is in 2012, nine of them were fatalities and in 2013, so far, we've had 11 fatalities," said Metro officer Bill Cassell.

Thursday night's death brought the toll to 12.

The solve rate by police has been dismal. Last year nine people were killed in hit-and-run crashes, six of those cases were solved. This year, 12 people have been killed in hit-and-runs and only four have been solved.

"Unless there is either evidence left behind at the scene or witnesses. In many cases, these are very very difficult crimes to solve," Cassell said.

Detectives say they have about a 70-percent solve rate when it comes to any hit-and-run. That figure is based on police estimates, because Metro's tracking computer can not give an exact number.

Sandra Defrens who lives near the scene of the latest fatality fears for the safety of herself and others.

"They don't like to stop. It's dangerous."

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