Roadways are becoming more and more crowded in the state of Nevada. Increasing numbers of vehicles and pedestrians are sharing city streets as populations continue to rise in cities across the state. Unfortunately, not all drivers are careful behind the wheel, especially with the abundance of distractions that drivers face these days. Distracted and careless drivers combined with increased foot traffic can mean that auto-pedestrian accidents are almost inevitable. These types of accidents can turn deadly in a hurry, as evidenced in a recent Reno crash that killed a pedestrian.
Police reports say that the driver of the vehicle was headed south along a well-traveled Reno street and struck a pedestrian. According to investigators, the impact was forceful enough to throw the pedestrian over the car and into a lane of eastbound traffic. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene of the crash.
Tragically, the pedestrian was killed as a result of the collision. Police located and arrested the driver a few days later. The driver was charged with failure to stop at the scene of a crash involving death. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison.
In cities like Reno and Las Vegas, walking is a main source of transportation for many locals and tourists alike. Sidewalks and city streets are bustling with traffic. With the tourism industry booming and populations rising across Nevada, auto-pedestrian accidents will only continue to increase. Families of those killed in these types of accidents have the right to pursue legal action against those deemed responsible. A successful lawsuit could provide just compensation to help families cope with the tragedy of losing a loved one.
Source: rgj.com, “Man sentenced to 20 years in prison for deadly crash“, Marcella Corona, Sept. 19, 2017