(Las Vegas, KXNT) — Two separate auto-pedestrian accidents in the valley have sent two teens to the hospital, one of them with life-threatening injuries.
One of the accidents happened early Tuesday morning on Lamb Boulevard near Monroe. Metro Sgt. Richard Strader says a 17 year old boy was crossing the street inside of a marked crosswalk when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The driver immediately stopped and rendered aid. The victim was taken to UMC where he is in critical condition. According to Metro, the driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and will more than likely face charges.
“Everybody feels that their reason for going wherever they are going is more important than everyone else. They rush. They don’t let people in. They’re not courteous on the road. They don’t use their turn signals. They’re aggressive and those issues right there are deadly,” said Strader.
Sgt. Strader also stressed the important of paying attention as a pedestrian.
“Just because you are in a crosswalk doesn’t put you in a safe zone. You have to still pay attention to your surroundings and watch out for drivers that aren’t paying attention.”
Pedestrians on scene told police they tried to yell out to the victim to watch out, but the teen did not hear them because he was walking with headphones on his ears.
The second accident took place in North Las Vegas at the intersection of Allen and Hammer Lane. Officer Chrissie Coon says a 15 year old girl darted in front of a car to catch the bus. She was hit and sustained a head injury that was considered not serious.
“Talk to your kids, if they are walking to and from school, about how to properly cross the street and make sure they are not distracted by cell phones or ipods or things like that when they are trying to catch the bus, ” said NLV Officer Coon.
North Las Vegas Police say the driver was not at fault and will not be cited. However, the teenage girl could receive a citation.