LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Metro Police are searching for a driver that hit and killed a 15-year-old pedestrian in the southwest valley Friday night and then took off.
The family has confirmed the identity of the teen killed by a hit-and-run driver Friday evening as 15-year-old Keith Young Jr., a sophomore at Sierra Vista High School.
His mother says he was walking to a football game with his younger brother. Metro says that’s when Keith was hit by a car.
The crash happened on September 10 just before 8:00 p.m. at the intersection of South Durango Drive and West Robindale Road, near Rhodes Ranch, according to Metro Lt. Jesse Roybal.
Police tell us two teens were trying to cross the street here going east. It was not their turn to cross, at the same time a driver on the northbound lane here on Durango hit one of the teens and then drove off.
“It was the worst thing I ever experienced in my life,” Desiree Andresen, a witness said.
Evidence at the scene, witnesses statements, and video of the collision indicated a red Dodge Charger was traveling northbound on Durango Drive approaching the intersection when two juveniles were crossing Durango Drive eastbound against the pedestrian signal.
Desiree Andreson saw the whole incident unfold just as she was sitting at the traffic light near Rhodes Ranch.
“The impact was so big that he flew on the other side of the road and landed almost in front of my car,” Andresen added.
Saturday morning Metro Police released information saying two juveniles were trying to cross Durango Drive against the pedestrian signal. The first juvenile made it over. The second one crossed in front of a car that hit the teen.
Police say the 15-year-old pedestrian was projected forward and onto the ground, and the driver of the vehicle then left the scene.
The vehicle was last seen traveling northbound on Durango Drive.
The teen was transported to UMC Trauma by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Police are looking for a red, Dodge Charger with left front-end and windshield damage and a missing left side view mirror. The model could be 2015-2017.
Sierra Vista High School is just up this road and there was a football game last night. Andresen says the teens were walking toward the school when the accident happened, but we do not know if the victim was a student.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Collision Investigation Section at 702-828-3786.
To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702) 385-5555, or visit www.crimestoppersofNV.com, or use the mobile app “P3.”
Tips directly leading to a felony arrest or an indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward.
The teen pedestrian’s death marks the 94th traffic-related fatality for the year 2021 in LVMPD’s jurisdiction. This collision remains under investigation by the LVMPD Collision Investigation Section Fatal Detail.