Pedestrian killed when hit, dragged by semi; driver being questioned
NORTH LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
UPDATE MARCH 19: The victim has been identified as 36-year-old Benjamin Alley, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office.
Alley died of blunt force injuries, and the manner of death has been ruled an accident, the coroner's office said.
ORIGINAL REPORT: A pedestrian was hit and killed near Las Vegas Boulevard and Lake Mead Boulevard this morning, though police may not arrest the hit-and-run driver.
Investigators with the North Las Vegas Police Department believe the incident may be the result of an unfortunate accident.
Police say, sometime between midnight and 2 a.m. Friday, the victim was hit by a semi-truck in the parking lot of a North Las Vegas gas station.
The victim, an adult male, was found by another driver further up Lake Mead Boulevard, near the on-ramp to Interstate-15. The victim was dragged about a half-mile by the truck.
Initially, officers were looking for the driver, though they made contact with him a few hours later near Craig Road and Lamb Boulevard.
The driver is in interviews with police but is not under arrest as of 9 a.m. Police say he may not have known he hit, or was even dragging the victim, given the size of the truck.
North Las Vegas Police officers said in a statement Friday afternoon that no charges have been filed, and they do not believe alcohol or speed were factors.
In 2017, North Las Vegas police responded to 15 deadly crash for the entire year. Two and a half months into 2018, Friday’s crash marks the department’s 10th fatality.
“We can't say it enough, we don't know how else to say it other than drivers need to pay attention. Pedestrians need to pay attention, as well. A lot of times they don't see each other but that's why we have traffic signals in place,” said Officer Aaron Patty with the NLVPD.
The name and age of the victim will come from the Clark County coroner's office, once his family is notified.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact NLVPD at (702) 633-9111 or Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.