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Las Vegas police looking for 2nd car involved in fatal hit-and-run

Updated May 23, 2020 - 3:37 pm

A man died Friday night after he was struck by two cars in the east valley during a hit-and-run crash that also involved a suspected drunken driver, police said.

The crash happened about 9:22 p.m. near the intersection of Maryland Parkway and Twain Avenue, the Metropolitan Police Department said. Investigators determined that a 2003 Ford Escape struck a pedestrian crossing Maryland outside of a marked crosswalk.

Brandon Lopes, 19, was suspected of driving impaired while driving the Ford that struck the pedestrian, pushing him to the ground, police said. Another car then “drove over and dragged the pedestrian.”

The second car fled from the scene, and police had not identified the driver as of Saturday morning.

Police said the pedestrian was a man in his 60s. He died at a local hospital, Metro Lt. Frank Humel said.

Lopes, of Vallejo, California, attempted to run from the scene of the crash, but he was “quickly apprehended” by officers, police said. He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center and faces charges of DUI resulting in death, failing to stop at the scene of a crash, possession of stolen property and being a prohibited person in possession of a gun, court records show.

The 19-year-old was also arrested on an out-of-state warrant, according to court records. He is due to appear in court on Wednesday.

Two women who were in the Ford at the time of the crash had not been identified by police as of Saturday morning.

Metro is asking the public’s help to find the two women and the hit-and-run driver. Anyone with information about the crash can contact Metro’s collision investigation section at 702-828-2595, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

The pedestrian’s death marked the 37th traffic-related fatality Metro has investigated this year, police said.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer Julie Wootton-Greener contributed to this report.

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