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Bicyclist dies after car hits him from behind

A North Las Vegas teenager died Tuesday after a car hit him from behind, police said.

The impact sent the 16-year-old bicyclist onto the car’s hood, where he hit his head on the windshield.

North Las Vegas police Sgt. Dave Smith did not release the name of the teen or the driver, a 58-year-old North Las Vegas man in a Honda Civic.

Smith said the collision occurred about 12:23 p.m. when the driver and the bicyclist were headed west on Alexander Road near Coleman Street. Smith said the man and the teen were in the same travel lane when the car rear-ended the bike. The car carried the teen on the hood about 60 feet before he fell off. The car traveled another 60 feet before it rolled to a stop.

Smith said the driver told police he was “wiping sweat off his face” immediately before the collision. The boy was taken to University Medical Center, where he died.

A pumpkin-sized fracture on the lower right side of the car’s windshield could be seen shortly after the collision. The boy’s BMX-style bike had a mangled rear tire.

Smith said the driver passed a breath test at the scene and volunteered for a blood test. He said the driver was not arrested but could be charged with vehicular manslaughter.

That decision will be made by the Clark County district attorney’s office, Smith said.

The boy was not wearing a helmet. Smith said the boy was riding alongside three juvenile relatives who were walking on the sidewalk and witnessed the accident.

Smith said the man never used his brakes.

Smith said the car will be kept by police while they investigate how fast it was going and if it malfunctioned.

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