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Teen Dies in Hit-and-Run Crash

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LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a teenage boy and injured another man.

The accident happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Ringe Lane and Meikle Lane, southeast of Lake Mead Boulevard and Nellis Boulevard.

Police say the teen, identified as 15-year-old Alex Martinez, and his 20-year-old passenger were riding a moped on Meikle Lane, when a vehicle struck them.

The teen and man were thrown from their moped. The teen was taken to University Medical Center, where he died. His passenger sustained minor injuries. Witnesses say neither the boy nor the man was wearing a helmet.

Police say the vehicle that hit them left the scene of the accident.

"We don't have any evidence of this vehicle. It is pretty shocking that there is not really any evidence on the roadway that we can see," Metro Sgt Richard Strader said.

Martinez was a student at Desert Pines High School. His family spoke to 8 News NOW Friday.

"My heart is just broken. I just lost my baby brother and like there is no words to explain how much I miss him," 17-year-old Alysia Martinez said. 

The crash was caught on camera by a surveillance camera at a nearby 7-Eleven. It is dark and grainy but the crash is visible.

"You can see it happening, but you cannot make out what it is exactly. What kind of car it is, but you can see it is a moped and it is a bigger vehicle hitting the small one and then the lights go off," 7-Eleven owner Mohit Mal said.

In the video, after the crash, a white truck pulls up and someone appears to get out of the vehicle and walk towards the scene.

Metro hopes the video helps identify the driver, who left the scene.

"Turn yourself in and give some closure to the family because tonight there is a grieving family missing someone that needs to be home for the holidays, and their not going to be there," Sgt. Strader said.

"Even if it was a guy, a woman, some childish kid, I want them to pay, like pay for what happened to my brother," Alysia Martinez said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

This is the 112th fatal crash in Metro's jurisdiction this year.

Family members are planning a vigil at 8 p.m. Saturday at this intersection where Alex Martinez was killed.

A bank account at Wells Fargo has been set up by the family for donations. Account number 1256018258 for the Alex Martinez memorial fund.

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