LAS VEGAS - A teen student suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car on Lamb Boulevard near Monroe Avenue around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The crash shut down both directions of Lamb Boulevard between Owens and Washington avenues for several hours. The 17-year-old male, who is a student at Eldorado High School, was walking to his bus stop when a car heading northbound on Lamb Blvd. struck him.
"I see him every morning right here. He's like the first one waiting for the bus. Today, I guess he was kind of late and we all walked together and then it happened," said Priscilla Romero, a student who witnessed the crash.
The teen was in a crosswalk at the time of the crash. The driver of the car, identified by police as 39-year-old David Mintzer, was not hurt.
Other students told police the teen had on a hoodie and was wearing earbuds. Police say he may not have heard the car approaching.
"This is one of those instances where the crosswalk isn't one of those fail safes just because you are in the crosswalk, you still have to pay attention," Metro Police Sgt. Richard Strader said.
The driver of the car stopped and tried to help the teen before he was transported to the hospital.
Police say it is unclear if the pedestrian lights were flashing or if the driver was speeding.
"We're pulling for this youngster to pull through and hopefully he'll be alright," Strader said.
This crash occurred within minutes of another crash involving a teen girl who was hit by a car as she ran to catch her school bus.
The past year was very deadly for pedestrians. Police are urging drivers and pedestrians to pay more attention when on the roads.