North Las Vegas, NV – At about 6:46 p.m., October 21, 2011, drivers reported three children hit by a car in the intersection of Camino Eldorado and Bent Arrow Drive. Responding units found three young girls with life threatening injuries lying in the roadway.
The preliminary investigation indicates that a group of five children, two 13-year-old girls, two 6-year-old girls, and one 5-year-old girl were walking home from Eldorado Park. They were walking westbound, in the crosswalk, attempting to cross Camino Eldorado at Bent Arrow Drive.
Vehicles in the northbound travel lanes stopped for the girls as they started across the street. Traffic in the #1 southbound travel lane (the lane closest to the median) also stopped. A 2006 Honda Sedan, driven by a 78-year old woman, was traveling southbound in the #2 travel lane and failed to stop. The Honda struck the three youngest children who were walking slightly ahead of the older girls.
The three children that were struck sustained life-threatening injuries and were transported to UMC Trauma. Two of the girls have been hospitalized in extremely critical condition and the third is in serious condition. Further updates on their condition will be released as it becomes available.
Investigators believe that the girls are related, but their exact relationship is not being released at this time.
The driver of the Honda, a Henderson resident, was not injured in the crash. She submitted to a voluntary blood draw, as is standard procedure. Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors in this crash. The primary cause of this crash appears to be failure on part of the driver to yield to the children in the crosswalk. Charges are pending the conclusion of the investigation.