NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — North Las Vegas police say the 12-year-old boy who was hit in a crosswalk outside a school Friday afternoon has died and the driver who hit him is now facing a manslaughter charge.
The boy’s 9-year-old sister is still alive and listed in critical condition.
North Las Vegas Police say 47-year-old Mark Kline — driver of a truck that struck two siblings near Lone Mountain and Losee — has been booked into City of Las Vegas jail.
Kline faces the following charges:
- Vehicular Manslaughter
- Failure to Give Full Time and Attention to Driving
- Failure to Maintain Lane/Improper Lane Change
- Failure to Use Care Around Pedestrians (x2)
The 9-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy were transported to UMC Trauma in “very critical condition” Friday afternoon. The 12-year-old boy died on Sunday.
Eric Leavitt, North Las Vegas Police public information officer, said around 3:30 p.m., a truck turned from onto Lone Mountain from Losee. The kids were reportedly crossing northbound Lone Mountain in a marked crosswalk when the truck failed to yield, hitting them.
The area they were struck in is near Somerset Academy’s Losee campus.
The school asked witnesses to contact NLVPD at 702-633-1390.
Officers arrived on scene and began providing medical assistance to the victims.
The driver of the truck remained on scene. Impairment is not suspected at this time. Leavitt said they don’t believe speed caused the crash.
The driver’s blood was drawn for an impairment test, as is standard procedure in the case the incident turns fatal.
Somerset sent a letter to parents Friday night that reads in part:
We regret to inform you, that today during our afternoon dismissal two members of our Somerset family were hit by a car while crossing the street at a crosswalk. We understand and urge everyone to be mindful that this will be a difficult time for friends, family, and many members of our community. In order to provide comfort and support, counselors, safe school professionals and other student support advocates will be available when school resumes in Tuesday …”Principal Jessica Scobell
Leavitt reminded drivers to be familiar with where they’re driving, especially around schools. He noted motorists and pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings.