Published Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 | 4:09 p.m.
Updated Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 | 6:05 p.m.
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.