LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas police say one person is in custody following a deadly hit-and-run Friday morning in the far northwest. Police found the vehicle they believe was involved in the crash in a nearby neighborhood.
According to Metro Police, a male pedestrian died after he was hit by a vehicle at El Capitan Way, just South of Horse Drive, at 4:57 a.m. The area of El Capitan south of Horse Drive was closed for 10 hours while police investigated.
The victim appeared to be struck by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver, identified as 26-year-old Brian Alton, left the scene.
Police found Alton and his truck a few blocks away.
“In this particular case there was significant damage to the vehicle caused by the person, so there was no question that somebody driving that vehicle would know they impacted something,” said Sgt. Robert Stauffer, Metro Police.
Court documents show Alton was charged with failing to stop at a scene of a crash resulting in death or injury. Officers said he also showed signs of impairment.
Residents in the area are shocked the deadly accident even happened.
“This neighborhood is really quiet,” said Diane Vlahos, a neighbor who lives in the area. “You don’t really hear of bad things happening around here.”
Metro Police wants drivers in the community to remain vigilant.
“As you’re approaching those areas, stop, look out for pedestrians,” Sgt. Stauffer urged. “Make sure you can get through that intersection safely.”
There has been a total of 41 deadly crashes on Las Vegas roads this year.