Police say alcohol may have been factor in moped crash

The man who was in critical condition Saturday night after his moped crashed into a city bus in the central valley was identified by Las Vegas police.

According to witness statements and evidence at the scene, 46-year-old David Wear was riding a 2000 Jonway scooter westbound on Sahara Avenue, just east of Lindell Road, in the right travel lane when he veered into the marked bus lane, police wrote in a release Saturday night.

Wear crashed into the left side of a Regional Transportation Commission bus traveling in the same direction and fell beneath the bus, police said.

An off-duty doctor was attending to Wear when police responded to the crash at 5:35 p.m. Wear was taken to University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the RTC bus, 43-year-old Vernon James, was not injured in the collision.

“Alcohol may have been a contributing factor, on the part of the scooter operator,” police wrote in the release. “Charges are pending.”

The intersection of Sahara and Lindell was closed for about three hours Saturday night while police investigated. The crash remains under investigation by Metro’s accident investigations section.

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

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