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DUI Arrest In Fatal Auto-Pedestrian Accident

Sunday Morning incident Killed Road Worker
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Rafael Mendez-Soto (LVMPD photo)

Rafael Mendez-Soto (LVMPD photo)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police have arrested a man suspected of driving drunk and fatally hitting a road construction worker in Las Vegas over the weekend.

Authorities say the crash happened about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, while the construction worker was cutting asphalt with a wet saw on West Sahara Avenue.

Police say a Ford F-150 veered out of its lane and hit the worker while he was in the bus lane. Investigators say the truck also hit an empty Chevy nearby before the driver walked away from the scene without helping the victim.

The 57-year-old construction worker was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was later found hiding in a trash bin at a nearby apartment complex. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Police identified him as 54-year-old Rafael Mendez-Soto.

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