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Pedestrian dead after Saturday morning hit-and-run

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a hit-and-run vehicle on the south side of the Las Vegas Valley early Saturday morning.

A gray Nissan Altima was traveling south on Las Vegas Boulevard South, near Agate Avenue, in the left travel lane when it struck a 39-year-old male crossing the street in an implied crosswalk, according to Las Vegas police.

The pedestrian was hit about 3:53 a.m. and pronounced dead on the scene.

The Clark County coroner’s office will release the man’s identity after his next of kin has been notified.

The Nissan fled the scene, but police later located 22-year-old Peter Whitaker at his home in a nearby neighborhood and arrested him in connection with the death.

This incident was still under investigation.

It was the seventh traffic-related fatality in Metro’s jurisdiction in 2014.

Contact reporter Wesley Juhl at 702-383-0381 and wjuhl@reviewjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @WesJuhl.

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