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
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
"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
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
"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
"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
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at
This is the 112th fatal crash in Metro's jurisdiction this
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.