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Driver critical after crashing into pole; Sahara reopens

A teen driver was in critical condition after he crashed into a pole early Wednesday morning in the southeast valley, according to Las Vegas police.

The accident happened about 1 a.m. on Sahara Avenue near Sloan Lane, Lt. David Gordon said. Sahara was closed in both directions for several hours while officers investigated. The area reopened to traffic about 7:15 a.m., Gordon said.

Police said the driver of a 2001 two-door Mitsubishi was eastbound on Sahara, west of Sloan, when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed the passenger side of the car into a pole.

The driver was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition, Gordon said.

Police believe the driver was under 18 years old. He was the only occupant of the car, Gordon said.

A teen was killed in an accident in the same area on Nov. 16. Guadalupe Rodriguez, 17, of Las Vegas, was a passenger in a car that crashed into a light pole.

Contact Kimber Laux at klaux@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Find her on Twitter: @lauxkimber.

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