LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A motorcyclist is dead and a juvenile is facing a DUI charge following a crash in southwest Las Vegas Sunday evening.
The Clark County Coroners Office has identified the motorcycle victim as 59-year-old Kenneth Lee Barker. The cause of death is still pending.
According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police (LVMPD), the crash was reported at 8:11 p.m. at W. Patrick Lane and Tenaya Way.
LVMPD says Barker was making a left turn on his motorcycle from Tenaya to Patrick. Witnesses told police a Honda Accord driven by the juvenile was speeding eastbound on Patrick and drove into the oncoming lanes to pass another vehicle that had stopped to make a left turn from Patrick to Tenaya and struck the motorcyclist.
Barker was transported to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
A neighbor described Barker as a great guy who loved motorcycles.
“I was shocked,” said Robert F. Sober, Barker’s neighbor. “I just heard him leave his house and then all of a sudden a few minutes later I hear sirens and it’s like no, it can’t be.”
Sober said speed is a problem with the traffic on Patrick Lane.
“This neighborhood over here, a lot of people drive down Patrick at excessive speeds. It’s a 25 mile an hour zone and every day I sit in my garage and I can see people going by doing 60-70 miles an hour,” he said.
“You know Ken was a great guy, and to have somebody you know — he’s barely 60 years old — to lose his life. He’s going to the store, you know it’s ridiculous that people think that they can just do whatever they want,” Sober said.
Police said the juvenile driver of the Honda showed signs of impairment and was taken into custody and booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.
“He’s going to pay for it, and it’s sad that a young kid … his whole life has totally changed due to one choice of drinking and driving,” Sober said.
This deadly crash marks the 116th traffic-related fatality in Metro’s jurisdiction this year.