LAS VEGAS (KLAS)– Two pedestrians, a father, and his son, were struck by a suspected impaired driver Tuesday night in the east Las Vegas Valley. The 21-year-old son was killed and the 53-year-old father was critically injured, Las Vegas Metro police said.
The two men were struck while crossing Nellis Boulevard near the intersection of Winterwood Boulevard, just south of Charleston Boulevard.
According to police, the driver, 32-year-old Justino Garcia-Avilla was traveling north on Nellis at a high rate of speed and swerved trying to avoid the men but lost control of his Pontiac Aztec, struck the men and collided with a street lamp and block wall.
The father and son were transported to Sunrise Hospital where the 21-year-old was pronounced dead and the father was hospitalized.
Garcia-Avilla stayed at the scene and showed signs of impairment, police said. He was booked into Clark County Detention Center.
This is the 128th traffic-related fatality in Metro’s jurisdiction since the beginning of 2022.