JOGGING AGAINST THE LIGHT
California man dies trying to cross Strip
A California tourist crossing the Strip against a “Don’t Walk” sign was hit by a car Sunday night and later died, Las Vegas police said.
Xudong Liu, 69, of San Jose, Calif., died at University Medical Center about five hours after the 11:40 p.m. crash on Las Vegas Boulevard near Convention Center Drive.
Liu was jogging across the street against the red light when he was struck by a northbound 1998 Cadillac Seville driven by Erika Hart, 21, of Las Vegas, police said.
AT LEAST $30,000 SOUGHT
Parents sue Republic Services in boy’s death
The parents of an 11-year-old boy who was killed when he was hit by a Republic Services truck are suing the company.
Dianna and Kevin Smith filed a lawsuit in District Court in March claiming that the driver of the 2008 Ford F330, Pearce Thorns, was negligent and careless when he hit Travis Smith Oct. 4 near Nellis Boulevard and Hacienda Way.
The suit seeks at least $30,000.
Las Vegas police said that Travis was struck by the truck after he ran a stop sign on his bicycle on Danica Way.
He was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.
Republic Services issued a brief statement that said what happened was an accident. “The police investigation determined that the Republic Services driver was not at fault and could not have done anything to prevent the accident.”
DRUNKEN DRIVING ALLEGED
Motorcyclist killed in crash in LV identified
A motorcyclist killed Saturday in a crash that police said was caused by a drunken driver on Tropicana Avenue has been identified as James Corrao.
The 53-year-old from Las Vegas died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center after the 6:20 p.m. crash at the intersection of Titanium Avenue, near U.S. Highway 95.
Corrao was driving a 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup turned left in front of him, Las Vegas police said.
Corrao was thrown from his motorcycle during the collision and landed in a nearby parking lot.
Another motorcyclist, Deborah Corrao, 47, laid down her 2005 Harley-Davidson to avoid the pickup. She was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The truck sped from the scene before crashing into a fence about a block away, police said.
Witnesses caught the driver, Carlos A. Henriquez, 52, of Las Vegas, and held him until police arrived. Henriquez faces felony drunken driving, felony hit-and-run and other charges.
SHOT OUTSIDE HOME
Man in fatal shooting in NLV identified
A 22-year-old man who was shot and killed early Saturday outside a home in North Las Vegas was identified as Jacob Franklin Deaton.
He died at University Medical Center shortly after the 1 a.m. shooting on the 1700 block of Yale Avenue, near Las Vegas and Lake Mead boulevards, North Las Vegas police said.
Witnesses told police a white or silver Chrysler 300 and a small red sport-utility vehicle, possibly a Blazer or Jimmy, were in the area at the time of the shooting.
Anyone with information can call in anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.