UPDATE: 66-year-old pedestrian killed in east valley crash identified, Metro looking for more suspects involved

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police are investigating a crash that killed a 66-year-old pedestrian Friday night. Police say it happened around 9:20 p.m. in the area of Maryland Parkway, south of East Twain Avenue.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office has identified the pedestrian as 66-year-old James Leslie Taite from Las Vegas. The cause of death was ruled accidental and Taite died from blunt-forced injuries, according to the coroner’s office.

Police are looking for more suspects involved in the crash.

According to Metro, a Ford Escape was traveling south on Maryland Parkway, near Katie Avenue, when Taite crossed in the path of the approaching Ford on Maryland Parkway.

Taite was not in a crosswalk, police say.

The right front of the Ford struck the man on his right side. Metro says the driver of the Ford lost control of the car and hit the west curb of Maryland Parkway.

While Taite was on the ground, an unknown vehicle drove over and dragged him. That unidentified vehicle left the scene.

Police say he was taken to the hospital in critical condition and later died at the hospital.

The 19-year-old driver of the Ford was taken into custody following a foot pursuit by police. Metro says he exhibited impairment and was booked for applicable charges.

Taite’s death is the 37th traffic-related fatality in Metro’s jurisdiction for 2020.

Officials are asking the public for help in identifying and locating the three unidentified passengers of the Ford, whom police believe to all be women, as well as the driver of the unknown vehicle.

Anyone with information is urged to call Metro’s Department Collision Investigation Section at (702) 828-3595.

To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555. Tips leading to an arrest or an indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward.

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