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Pedestrian, 74, killed near Las Vegas Strip

Updated Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 | 8:28 a.m.

Pedestrian killed

A 74-year-old woman was struck by a car and killed Thursday morning near the Las Vegas Strip.

The accident occurred about 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane. Police said a Ford Explorer was traveling east in the center lane, and entered the intersection on a green light.

The woman, who was from Las Vegas, was walking from the north side of the street to the south side in a marked crosswalk on Koval Lane. Although witnesses told police the driver tried to slow down when he saw her, the vehicle struck the woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle was 27-year-old Paul Davis of Las Vegas.

The name of the deceased will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office pending notification of her family.

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  1. Was Erin sleep-deprived when she wrote this article? "The accident occured about 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of Flamingo & Koval about 1:30 a.m.? "The vehicle the woman?" Yipes! Back to the drawing board, Erin!

  2. Hey, Dr. Seuss made a fortune writing like this!

  3. I think the article was ghost written by Professor Irwin Corey..

  4. Major problems the officials of Las Vegas, Clark County and the State of Nevada have no concern to correct or address.

    1.) Speed limit is too high, often 45 MPH. Drivers exceed this. Las Vegas is one of a few cities in the United States that has a higher than 30 MPH speed limit within city limits (urban streets, including the other townships.)

    2.) Right turn on red, the number one reason most pedestrians jaywalk, so in order to get a safe distant down the street from right-turning vehicles.

    3.) Pedestrians should always have the right-of-way and motorists should have control of their vehicle at all times.

    4.) No buffer zone between sidewalk and bus stops and urban streets. Sidewalks and bus stops too close to streets.

    5.) Crosswalks too far apart.

    6.) 24-hour drinking, drug and stress town.

    7.) Cell phone and text messaging is legal while driving.

    8.) Poor, untrained and unsafe drivers willing to take high risks.

    Any one or a combination of these eight spells death or serious injury to pedestrians.

  5. Pedestrians don't always have the right of way as in this incident the motorist entered the intersection on a favorable signal indication displayed by the signal aspect and if that's true the pedestrian did not have authority to be in the cross walk Marked or not.

    Condolences to the lady and her family.

  6. You know what spells death or serious injury to pedestrians, Mr. Harrison? Stepping off the curb into the path of right-of-way traffic with little or no regard for one's own safety. All the human laws in the world won't change the laws of physics.

    Traffic law here favors the driver. With condolences to both the driver and the pedestrian in this incident, pedestrians should take their proper precautions and be accountable for their own behavior.

  7. Mr. Reza - I finally agree with you. As casinokid states - the pedestrian does NOT always have the right a way. Pedestrians are also obligated by law to adhere to traffic signals. If it says "Don't Walk", you don't!!

  8. Also....why was a 74 year old woman out and about at that time of day??? It is obvious she was crossing against the light if the driver was going east and she was crossing from north to south.

    That area has to have the highest number of traffic injuries and deaths anywhere in the United States.

    Condolences to her family. Another senseless traffic fatality.

  9. Well Cliff, you got #5 right, 1 for 8 isn't too bad.

  10. Have some of you considered that the victim might not have had sufficient time to cross the road? There are far too many pedestrian signals around town that do not give enough time for a crossing. She might have started walking on a valid signal and ran out of time partway through.

    Just because a light is green, it doesn't mean the way is automatically clear for drivers to proceed.

  11. Cliff got them all right. Look, in other parts of the country pedestrians have the rights of citizens. Most places pedestrians have absolute rights. Yes, pedestrians need to walk with care. Drivers need to drive with care. Yes, lower the speed limit to 30. Las Vegas is a dangerous place.

  12. Tourists come here for vacation; relax, have a good time, see the sights... and wrongly assume that there aren't crazed maniacs behind the wheel of half the cars on the road. They wrongly assume that because it's a tourist trap, and they are ENCOURAGED to move about and see the sights, that there are some basic safety functions in place to protect them, "just like back home", & that some basic courtesy will be extended to them as they meander about, gazing at all the sights there are to see. Maybe they've even had a beverage or three...hey, that's encouraged too!
    But there ARE NO SAFETY MEASURES. There is NO SETBACK from road to sidewalk. Bus stops, (until the recent spate of dead people waiting for buses), are also scant feet from vehicles whizzing by at all speeds.
    And Heaven forbid someone should happen to take too long crossing the street on one of the busiest, most famous streets in the world, or one of it's nearby arterials; TOO BAD, SO SAD, YOUR DEAD!
    And the response to this callous disregard for life?
    "Stupid pedestrian shouldn't have been there in the first place".
    Really, not the way to treat guests.

  13. gmag, the article states the pedestrian was a local, not a tourist. No laws give all rights to pedestriams. Most other states have similar laws. Pedestrians are reqiured to obey laws as well as drivers. When a signal controls the intersection, he who has the green light gets to go. I would agree that if a pedestrian is still in the crosswalk (marked or not) after the light changes, it is the responsibolity of the driver to wait for them to finish crossing. Nothing in the article states whether this was what happened or not.
    One more thing, the pedestrian is always going to lose, regardless of fault.
    I stopped today to allow a jaywalker with a small kis to cross a busy street in the middle of the block, she was half way across. I could have sped on by (like the 2 or 3 ahead of me) and been "in the right". Even though she was "breaking the law" by jaywalking, I was not willing to take a chance with someone's life. That being said, we learned in kindergarten to "look both ways". Way too many people just step out into traffic nowadays.
    Condolances to the families involved, this is not how any of wants to see them spend their Christmas, even though they are total strangers to me.