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Man critical after being hit by van on Las Vegas Strip

Updated May 9, 2017 - 6:29 am

A pedestrian is in critical condition after he was hit by a 14-passenger van on the Strip Tuesday morning, Las Vegas police said.

The van had passengers on board about 1:10 a.m. when it was driving south on Las Vegas Boulevard near Caesars Palace Drive, police said.

The pedestrian, Melvin Willemsen, 31, city of residence is unknown, was walking with two colleagues who stopped near the roadway’s edge. Willemsen ran into the street, in the marked crosswalk, and was struck by the van, police said.

Willemsen was taken to University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, police said. The van’s driver remained at the scene and showed no signs of impairment.

Review-Journal writer Lawren Linehan contributed to this report. Contact Mike Shoro at mshoro@reviewjournal.com. Follow @mike_shoro on Twitter.

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