A 78-year-old woman faces three charges, including vehicle manslaughter, following a Las Vegas pedestrian accident that resulted in the death of a 6-year-old girl. According to a news report in The Las Vegas Review Journal, the fatal car accident occurred at Camino Eldorado and Bent Arrow Drive in Las Vegas. Officials say the driver failed to yield to the three children as they crossed the road in a crosswalk. The 6-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries three days after the crash. Another 6-year-old girl suffered a fractured skull, and her 5-year-old sister remains hospitalized with critical injuries. The driver involved was not under the influence of alcohol but she has been charged with three misdemeanors, including unlawfully passing vehicles stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, and vehicular manslaughter.
Under Nevada Statute 484B.283 (3): “Whenever a vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle until the driver has determined that the vehicle being overtaken was not stopped for the purpose of permitting a pedestrian to cross the highway.”
Drivers who fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks, in addition to facing citations or criminal charges, can also be held civilly liable for the injuries, damages, and losses caused. Victims and their families would be well advised to contact a skilled Las Vegas personal injury lawyer with experience pursuing compensation for medical bills, hospitalization, funeral expenses, and other related damages.
An experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer at Shook & Stone has a long history of holding at-fault drivers accountable for the damages they cause. If you have lost a loved one in a Las Vegas car accident, please contact our skilled wrongful death attorneys at 702-570-0000 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.