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Pedestrian crossing Tropicana is struck, killed

Updated Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 | 1:04 p.m.

A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday night while crossing Tropicana Avenue, said Metro Police Lt. Nichole Splinter.

Around 11:40 p.m., the man was struck between Decatur Boulevard and Cameron Street. Splinter said the man was taken to University Medical Center and later pronounced dead.

In a news release, Metro Police said witnesses reported a 2003 Lexus GS 300 was traveling eastbound in the right lane of Tropicana Avenue. Police said the man was crossing Tropicana Avenue from the north side to the south side, outside of a marked crosswalk.

The accident is under investigation.

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  1. What is the definition of a traffic fatality.....Didn't a few people already die??

  2. I would say the LVMPD should cite more people for not using the cross walk, but Las Vegas was designed without pedestrians in mind. If you want to take a leisurely walk to the store across the street, the crosswalk might be a half mile away. If it's at an intersection with a turn signal, you can add 20 minutes to your walk.

    It is odd that more hasn't been done to prevent these unnecessary fatalities. Every time I travel at night someone dressed in dark clothing darts across the street. Some are drunk and homeless and appear to be attempting suicide. I went for a walk my self a week ago and when I attempted to cross the street in a crosswalk, a LVMPD officer almost ran me over. Of course in his defense, I was wearing dark clothing and the sun had just set.

    I guess the best thing is for pedestrians to pay more attention when crossing the street and for drivers to be more focused on what's in front of them.

  3. Duke, some "designers" particularly of athletic attire have incorporated the glow-in-dark strips all over their clothing. Maybe it should be mandatory on outerwear (jackets). Casino gift shops should be REQUIRED to carry the straps that you can put around ankles, legs, arms, hats. Try the bicycle shops.