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Pedestrian becomes second Metro traffic fatality of year

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Updated: 5/01 10:50 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- A 35-year-old man crossing Tropicana Avenue outside of a crosswalk has become the second Metro traffic fatality of 2013.

The unnamed Las Vegas resident was struck about 11:40 Friday night as he was crossing Tropicana just east of Decatur Boulevard by a 2003 Lexus GS300 driven by 49-year-old Euijoon Lee of Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Lee was not injured.

The victim was transported to UMC Trauma with critical injuries and was pronounced dead by medical personnel.

The collision remains under investigation by Metro. The identity of the victim and his exact cause of death will be made public by the Clark County coroner's office.

The first fatality in Metro's jurisdiction occurred on New Year's Day when Theresa Change may have had a medical episode and lost control of her car near the Gold Coast casino. Her Lincoln Town Car hit a Nissan Altima on West Flamingo and flipped on its top after it exited the Gold Coast parking lot.

About 250 pedestrians were injured and more than 40 died in traffic accidents in Clark County in 2012.

Most law enforcement agencies and UMC medical staffers held a news conference on Thursday to encourage motorists to drive slower, not use their cell phones and to be especially aware of crosswalks and school zones. Classes resume Monday for Clark County School District students after a Christmas break of nearly three weeks.



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