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Mother of 2 struck, killed in central Las Vegas

Updated December 15, 2020 - 9:59 pm

A 26-year-old mother of two was struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday in the central Las Vegas Valley, police said.

At about 2:15 p.m., a 1996 Nissan Pathfinder heading west on Bonanza Road collided with a 2004 Ford Mustang that was heading north on Eastern Avenue and ran a red light at the intersection, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Bret Ficklin said in a briefing at the scene. The crash forced the Nissan into the woman and her two kids, a 5-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl in a stroller, who were on the sidewalk at the northwest corner of the intersection.

The 1-year-old remained in the stroller but was knocked to the side, and the 5-year-old was pinned under a car, according to Shannon Laviguer, a witness. All three were transported to University Medical Center, where the mother died and the children had nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

After the Nissan hit the woman, she was pinned against a light pole until two pedestrians put the car in neutral and pushed it off her, according to Laviguer.

“It was the most horrific accident I’ve ever seen in my life,” Laviguer said. “Speeding through an intersection to get where you have to go is not worth it.”

The driver of the Nissan, a 44-year-old woman, was transported to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, Ficklin said.

The driver of the Ford, a 15-year-old boy, remained at the scene, police said. He and his passenger, a 16-year-old girl, had minor injuries, according to a release from Metro.

Impairment was not suspected in the crash. This was the 97th traffic fatality investigated by Metro this year.

The woman lived in Las Vegas, police said, and will be identified by the Clark County coroner’s office.

Contact Mya Constantino at mconstantino@reviewjournal.com. Follow @searchingformya on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writers Katelyn Newberg and Sabrina Schnur contributed to this report.

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