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December 19, 2014

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Child struck by car, alert driver avoids tragedy

A 5-year-old girl was taken to the hospital for a head injury Friday night after she ran out into the street and was struck by a car in North Las Vegas.

The incident happened at 7:04 p.m. on the 5400 block of Maple Mesa Street, said officer Chrissie Coon, spokeswoman for North Las Vegas Police.

The girl ran from between two parked cars out in front of a moving car, Coon said.

The driver of the car swerved to try to avoid the girl, who was ultimately struck by the car’s side mirror, Coon said.

The girl was taken to University Medical Center for a possible head injury, Coon said.

“That little girl would be dead if the driver wasn’t paying attention,” said Coon, adding that the driver was not ticketed for the collision as the pedestrian was at fault.

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  1. That happened to me once when I was driving between Maryland Parkway and Cambridge street North of UNLV. A small girl darted out from nowhere between parked cars right in front of my car as I was in motion. Fortunately, I saw an ice cream truck ahead and instinctively drove slowly so that I was able to stop in time to avoid hitting the small child. My first thought, after regaining my composure was "where in the world is her Mother?" The same question should be asked here.

  2. "Let's hear it for drivers that are paying attention!! (applause from TNO)"

    Applaus!! Applause! Applause!!

    How about that - a driver in Las Vegas actually paying attention!!

  3. pravica

    At least you were on a public street. My apartment complex is big, multiple buildings. We have quite a bit of grassy areas, all hilly, a lot of kids living here, and we also have a few access streets within the complex to get to the apartments. There are several parents here, with small kids, that are totally clueless. In particular, there is one apartment that at least 6-7 kids congregate at every day; the kids are young ,not quite school age. These kids run rampant all over the place INCLUDING the street! Many times I've actually had to drop my speed to "barely moving" when these kids are outside because I have seen them just run into the street, ride their bikes into the street. To make matters worse, there is parking in front of their building so these kids are coming from between the cars! And where are the parents? NO WHERE in sight!! I'm surprised none of these kids have been hurt yet by some ignorant driver who ignores the 20mph speed and takes teh road and the speed bumps at 35mph. The area is also very hilly with ravines and trees all over the place. I can't tell you how many times I've seen unattended 3-4 year olds tottering down these hills towards a ravine that has about 2ft of water in it. Again - No parent in sight.

  4. azsk8fan:

    You are absolutely correct! My apologies for the oversight! I do actively watch my own three children and certainly make sure that they don't dart out into traffic.