LAS VEGAS – Two people riding on a moped were killed when a pick-up truck slammed into the moped early Tuesday morning.
The moped hit and run accident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard South at Windmill Lane. The driver of a pickup truck was driving southbound on Las Vegas Boulevard at a very high rate of speed when the vehicle slammed the truck into the back of the moped that was stopped at the traffic light on Windmill.
The driver fled the scene.
One person was pronounced dead at the scene and the other person died at the hospital.
The driver continued to drive with moped still attached to the truck for approximately one mile and struck another vehicle before the driver fled the scene on foot.
The force of the impact was so strong that the moped was still attached to the truck when police located it.
Las Vegas Metro Police obtained the registration information from the truck involved in the moped hit and run but have not yet located the suspect.
It is suspected that the driver of the vehicle involved in the moped hit and run was intoxicated and fled the scene.
Police had a very visible presence on the streets of Las Vegas and surrounding areas because of St Patrick’s Day. Ironically, three other drivers were arrested at the accident scene after they drove through police barricades.
In the past, Metro Police has publicly announced the location of sobriety checkpoints. This year police seemed to have deviated from the usual pattern of announcing the location of sobriety checkpoints and only announced the general vicinity of where they would occur in an effort to curtail intoxicated individuals from driving.