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April 20, 2014

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16-year-old driver killed in weekend crash

A 16-year-old driver was killed Saturday night after his car clipped another vehicle and spun out of control into a concrete wall, Metro Police said.

At about 10:45 p.m., the teen was driving along Jones Boulevard, near the intersection of Empire Circle, with another 16-year-old boy in the passenger seat of his two-door Honda Civic, police said.

The teen moved into the left turn lane to pass an SUV or minivan in front of him, but the rear of his car made contact with the front of the other vehicle as he tried to merge back into the travel lane, police said. The teen’s car spun out of control into the wall, police said.

Both boys were transported to University Medical Center, where the driver was pronounced dead, police said.

The driver of the other vehicle did not stay at the scene and is wanted for questioning, police said.

The boy’s death is the 103rd traffic-related fatality in Metro’s jurisdiction this year.

Anyone with information about the collision may call Metro Police at (702) 828-3128 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or go online to crimestoppersofnv.com.

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  1. I cannot believe how many people leave the scene of accidents here in Las Vegas.

  2. This accident seemed to be caused by the lack of experience on the 16 year old's part. He obviously misjudged on how much room he had to move back into the right lane - something more experienced drivers would know - to give themselves enough room to get into the lane again. Sounds as if he had NO room to move back into the right lane because of vehicles in front of him but tried to do it anyway. Night time driving is dangerous enough. You always use caution. The driver who drove away will be found - another driver with no insurance, expired license (if having a license at all) - the whole "Vegas Package".

  3. In the debate of whether or not the teen left enough time/room to move back into the travel lane after passing (Det Munch, cliff) let's not overlook that the article says "The teen moved into the left turn lane to pass..." which, if correct, was an illegal action on the part of the teen in the first place.

    Neither marked left turn lanes or center turn lanes may be legally used for passing in Nevada.

    So while it is inexcusable for the other driver to have left the scene, it would appear from the information in the article that the entire incident began with an illegal action on by the teen driver.

  4. Speed? For the car to spin out of control and impact with force? Det_Munch speculates seem right on--another driver without insurance, without license driving illegally in all probability. While there may have been a job or other "need" for a teen to be driving at night, just because your kid has a license does NOT mean they should be out there driving. What's happened to parents who have the kid drive with the parents in the car--take us to the grocery--and NOT let the kids drive unsupervised until we're very comfortable with the performance.