LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Coroner’s Office has identified the woman killed in a hit-and-run crash over the weekend in the west valley.
It happened near the intersection of Fort Apache Road and Charleston Boulevard just before 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Destiny Jackson, 22, was attempting to cross Charleston outside of a marked crosswalk when a 2003 Dodge Ram traveling eastbound in the far-right lane hit her.
“It’s tragic, I’ve seen this happen a couple of times where people are crossing the road and been struck by vehicles,” said local resident, Jelani Bonner. “This side of town with the traffic and stuff like that, it’s too frequent and definitely tragic for sure.”
Jackson was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the truck, identified as 69-year-old Richard Modolo, fled the scene but was later located by detectives. He was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.
Phyllis Clark is a local resident and says it’s a tough area for walkers like herself.
“The lanes are so wide and it’s hard for pedestrians to get across the street in a timely manner. There’s just so much traffic going on. We’re very much walking people and it’s hard to do it around here,” Clark said. “The cars don’t watch for you and a couple times I almost got side swiped when people were coming out of the driveways.”
Metro made a plea back in March of this year, after an overwhelming increase in unsolved hit and run crashes. Specifically in cases where the drivers left the scene, leaving the pedestrians to die on the side of the road.
“Let that resonate with those that are driving who think they can run. You’re looking at 20 years in prison. If you would have stayed you could have saved a life, and that’s the most important message here,” LVMPD Traffic Bureau Lieutenant, Greg Munson said.
Due to police activity in the area, Charleston was closed in both directions between Fort Apache Road and Windermere Drive during the morning hours Saturday as police investigated the crash.
All lanes of Charleston Boulevard were reopened by midafternoon Saturday.
The crash remains under investigation.