There was a fatal hit and run crash on the 215 Beltway Friday evening.
The accident occurred on the 215 Beltway near Sahara Avenue at approximately 7 pm Friday evening.
One person is dead and the driver that caused the accident fled on foot and is being sought by authorities.
Apparently traffic had slowed down on the 215 Beltway in the northbound lanes, due to an event being held at the Red Rock Resort and the driver of a Black Chevy Tahoe that was traveling at a high rate of speed did not stop.
The Tahoe rear ended a Mini Cooper with great force causing at least five cars to be involved in the fatal hit and run crash.
8 News now reports that Kevin Honea with the Nevada highway Patrol (NHP) said that the driver of the Tahoe struck one car and the impact hit four other cars.
The driver of the Mini Cooper was taken to the trauma unit at University Medical Center (UMC) and died from the injuries sustained in the hit and run.
Two other people, a passenger in the Mini Cooper and another accident victim, were injured as well and transported to UMC.
My News 3 reports that a description of the driver of the Black Chevy Tahoe is not available because of differing witness accounts.
It is not known if the person driving the Chevy Tahoe fled because he was under the influence or drug or alcohol, however according to statistics compiled by Laura Hunt of the Hunt Law Office in Las Vegas, there is a 42% percent that it is. Hunt’s website states,
About 42% of all auto accidents in Las Vegas are caused by drunk drivers. In 2009, 101 out of the annual total 243 fatal automobile accidents were due to drunk drivers with blood alcohol level of over .01. In 2008, the average blood alcohol level of drunk drivers in the United States is .39, whereas as in Las Vegas, the average number is .51.
Anyone with any information regarding the accident should call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555, or visit online to report information anonymously at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.