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Las Vegas teen dies in crash; driver accused of reckless driving

Updated March 20, 2024 - 9:56 am

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says a motorist was arrested after they were accused of reckless driving in a crash that left a 17-year-old pedestrian dead Monday night.

According to Las Vegas police, the incident occurred at about 9:21 p.m. Monday near Tree Line Drive and Back Woods Road.

Police said in a news release that evidence at the scene and witness statements indicated that a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling southbound on Tree Line Drive, approaching Back Woods Road in the left travel lane of two (T1) at a high rate of speed.

A pedestrian was crossing over Tree Line Drive at Back Woods Road from east to west, outside a marked crosswalk, when they were struck by the Silverado, police said.

The pedestrian was transported to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center where they were pronounced deceased.

The Clark County coroner’s office Wednesday identified the pedestrian as Las Vegas resident Devin Heath.

According to the police, the driver of the Silverado, identified as 18-year-old Jesus Barraza, remained at the scene and was arrested for reckless driving.

Heath’s death marked the 40th traffic-related fatality in the LVMPD’s jurisdiction for the year 2024, the release said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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