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12/04

Teen Killed in Las Vegas Hit-and-Run Crash

Posted by: Jack Bernstein

A Las Vegas car crash claimed the life of a 17-year-old girl when the driver lost control while traveling at a high rate of speed, crashing into a light pole, according to police reports. Guadalupe Rodriguez of Las Vegas was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred at Sahara Avenue and South Sloan Lane. Two other passengers, one 13 years of age, were critically injured in the crash. The police believe that Tristan Hicks, 18, the driver was speeding at the time of the crash and lost control. He fled the scene along with another passenger but was later apprehended near his home.

Hit-and-Run Becoming More Common

Hit-and-run crashes are becoming more common as larger numbers of people take to the roads without licenses or insurance. According to a website that offers rewards for reports of these drivers, http://hitandrunreward.com/hit-run-accident-statistics.html, the statistics for hit-and-run accidents continue to rise, with at least 20 percent of all pedestrian crashes now involving drivers who leave the scene and a steady increase in all types of hit-and-run crashes since 2001.

Unlicensed drivers are thought to be behind a large number of hit-and-run crashes as well as those who are drinking, particularly if they have a previous DUI conviction. While some people simply panic, those who do so are usually turned in or apprehended at a later time, as opposed to a driver who is actively trying to avoid punishment for the crime.

Unfortunately, toughening hit-and-run penalties has not made much difference in the rate of this crime. In fact, tougher penalties may be even more incentive for a person to try to avoid apprehension.

What Should I Do If I Am Involved in a Hit-and-Run?

If you are injured by a hit-and-run driver, stay calm. Try to find witnesses if possible and gather as much information as you can about the driver. Contact a personal injury attorney immediately; your attorney may be able to locate surveillance videos and other items that will help the police find the driver.

Even if the driver is never located, however, it is possible that you could still be entitled to recover compensation from a third party for your medical bills, lost wages, increased expenses and even your pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney such as those at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas may be able to help you.

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