Driver suspected in death of 3 boys walking on the sidewalk has court-filled past

A memorial is established Sunday, October 1, 2017, where three boys were killed after a vehicle hit them on East Desert Inn Road near South Nellis Boulevard in Las Vegas. (Scott Kost/KSNV)

Tears stream down the faces of friends and strangers alike on Sunday. A card with a message says: “May God bless the family and these boys... We love you.”

"It is heartbreaking to see that these kids were just being boys just hanging out," Rachel Calhoun said.

Four young boys hit by a car while walking down the sidewalk. Three were taken away from their families forever while the fourth victim survives.

The three victims were identified as 13-year-old Deandre Lyle, 14-year-old Francisco Miramontes, and 12-year-old Danny Miramontes, all of Las Vegas. All had official causes of death as multiple blunt force injuries and all manners of death were ruled accidents.

The crash occurred just before 9:10 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of East Desert Inn Road and Cabana Drive, east of South Nellis Boulevard.

Erin Breen, the director of UNLV's Vulnerable Road Users Project, said these kids bring this year’s pedestrian death total in Clark County to 54. In 2016, there were 58 pedestrian deaths.

"We're going to be forced to drive past this every day, and I think this is going to impact our community for a long time," Calhoun said.

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Calhoun said driver’s speed down the road and will get frustrated if people are driving the speed limit. She said she has seen it multiple times when people pass other drivers on the dirt shoulder of the road.

Joseph Eskandarian, 28, is in the Clark County Detention Center, facing four counts of duty to stop at scene of crash involving death or personal injury.

Court records show Eskandarian was on probation for a 2016 conviction of a stolen car. His probation was modified in October. He was told to attend a weekly support group for drugs or alcohol, but police have yet to say whether either were a factor.

"It appears he was exceeding the speed limit and tried to pass another vehicle on the right hand maybe going off the shoulder and actually hitting the (inaudible) curb." said Lt. Peter Kisfalvi of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Residents who live down East Desert Inn Road say people speed a broken path to a heartbroken community.

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