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Teen hit by car in NLV dies; driver, passenger in custody

Updated Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 | 6:05 p.m.

Ricardo Daniel Velasquez was arrested for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, and destruction of evidence.

Ricardo Daniel Velasquez was arrested for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, and destruction of evidence.

Cristian Ivan Diaz was arrested on charges of failure to stay in his travel lane, and failure to obtain a Nevada driver’s license in the 30 day window.

Cristian Ivan Diaz was arrested on charges of failure to stay in his travel lane, and failure to obtain a Nevada driver’s license in the 30 day window.

An 18-year-old man died Wednesday from injuries he suffered after he and another teenager were struck by a car while walking on the sidewalk on New Year’s Day in North Las Vegas.

The driver and a passenger in the car are under arrest after a police investigation determined speed, alcohol and drugs were factors in the crash.

Cristian Ivan Diaz, 19, lost control of the 2002 Acura Coupe he was driving in the 6600 block of Gliding Eagle Road near Centennial Parkway and struck a 16-year-old girl and 18-year-old man.

After the crash, the passenger, Ricardo Daniel Velasquez, 18, got out of the car and tried to destroy a small bag of marijuana, North Las Vegas Police said in a news release today.

Diaz, 19, was arrested and booked into the Las Vegas City Jail on counts of failure to stay in his travel lane and failure to obtain a Nevada driver’s license in the 30-day window. Velasquez was arrested on counts of possession of one ounce or less of marijuana and destruction of evidence.

Police said Diaz would likely face further charges at the conclusion of the investigation.

Neither of the occupants of the car was injured, but the pedestrians were transported to University Medical Center, where the man died and the girl remains in critical condition.

The incident is still under investigation, police said.

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  1. "Diaz, 19, was arrested and booked into the Las Vegas City Jail on counts of failure to stay in his travel lane and failure to obtain a Nevada driver's license in the 30-day window."

    This one puts my B$ meter in the yellow. A young man was killed and a young woman may soon join him. Why weren't those included in the charges? And the NDL "30-day window" is just another underhanded revenue scheme. It has nothing whatsoever to do with one's ability to responsibly use the public right of way with due care and caution.

    "There's somewhere between 40-50 people cited/arrested each day in Clark County for lack of license, no registration, no insurance or driving on a suspended license. The numbers are incomprehensible."

    TomD -- no, what's "incomprehensible" is a poster I assume to to be both an adult and a citizen to have such a feeble understanding of liberty.

    "Just two more SOB's in our society who have no respect for the rights of others, much less possessing a value for human life."

    BChap -- indeed. Exactly how did the passenger qualify for your scathing opinion?

    "It behoves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others; or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Benjamin Rush, April 21, 1803

  2. "We all know you are anti government everything. We all know this stems from a personal experience where you got "railroaded"

    TomD -- again, you've shown to all you know nothing and make the rest up. If you were familiar with my posts for the past 4+ years you know I'm adamantly for our governments so long as they stay within their Constitutional limits.

    "If the exercise of constitutional rights will thwart the effectiveness of a system of law enforcement, then there is something very wrong with that system." -- Escobedo v. State of Illinois, 378 U.S. 478, 490 (1964)

  3. <<It is sad that Las Vegas has become a retirement haven. Some people move here and do nothing but take>>

    WHAT??? What do people retiring in Las Vegas have to do with two young punks killing someone?