Metro Police say a man waiting for a bus was killed by a suspected drunk driver in the Northeast Valley.
It happened just after 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning near Pecos and Washington. Police say a man was sitting on a bus stop bench when a driver, believed to be impaired, swerved onto the sidewalk. Police say the driver hit a light pole and a fire hydrant before colliding with the pedestrian. The pedestrian, a man in his 40s, was taken to UMC Trauma but later died from his injuries.
People who live nearby say they cannot believe another alleged drunk driver took an innocent life.
“It’s not like they were jaywalking. They were sitting at a bus stop behind a metal pole, and they were killed. That’s tragic,” said Las Vegas resident Eric Stolz.
“An innocent bystander just minding his own business had his life taken by a driver who was impaired,” said Las Vegas resident Dean Moilanen. “Unfortunately I’ve seen a lot over 28 years, I just hope the message can get out.”
That message is one Metro Police have been trying to stress when it comes to driving safely on the roadways.
“This is going to be the 78th collision under LVMPD’s jurisdiction for this year, and like I’ve said many times before, these are all avoidable. This is a senseless death,” said Captain Nick Farese with the LVMPD Traffic Bureau.
Police are calling on the community to prevent these tragedies.
“This person wasn’t drinking alone,” Capt. Farese said. “They were somewhere and somebody knew that they were drinking and that they were getting behind the wheel, and they allowed them to do that.”
After several deadly accidents at bus stops, the RTC started to move them away from the roads in 2015. Some could not be moved because of their location, but it is not clear if that is the case with Sunday morning’s deadly crash.
“This is an innocent victim,” Capt. Farese said. “They’re sitting there waiting for the bus in this hot weather and because of the selfishness of one individual, that person is no longer here in the community, and that person’s loved ones are left to pick up the pieces.”
Some say changes need to be made.
“Unfortunately, unless you have a really proactive, aggressive program to stop it, these kind of unfortunate incidents are going to continue to occur,” Moilanen said.
Police say the driver of the pickup truck was taken to the Clark County Detention Center. He is facing a charge of DUI causing death. The crash is still under investigation.