Three children were injured in a pedestrian accident in Las Vegas earlier today. The three children were struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross the street across from their school. The three children are aged 9, 8, and 6 years old, and are all siblings. They were brought to University Medical Center for treatment, though fortunately none of them appears to have been seriously injured and all were given very good prognoses for full recoveries.
More Las Vegas news on Uber today as a judge ruled that the service could not operate in Nevada under the current law and regulatory framework and with their existing situation. Essentially, the judge, Scott Freeman, ruled that if it smells like a taxi, acts like a taxi, and gets paid like a taxi, it should be regulated like a taxi. Uber lawyers, officials and spokespeople argued forcefully that they are not a taxi company, that they merely facilitate the operation of private ride sharing, that they offer no direct services nor are they harming anyone.
Unfortunate news on the blog today, on Saturday we saw a vehicular death and serious injury accident in North Las Vegas. The death was the male driver who was pronounced dead when the Nevada Highway Patrol arrived, and his female passenger was so severely injured she was transferred via airlift to the University Medical Center Trauma in serious condition.
Holiday shopping season is upon us, and with it the crowds, the sales, and the very real chance for personal injury in Las Vegas during Black Friday shopping. For most people this is a joyous season, and Black Friday is a chance to great deals on clothes, electronics, furniture, everything they need for their house and holiday gifts. But for some people, these holiday shopping sales can turn into a nightmare. Every year people suffer personal injury in Las Vegas from Black Friday shopping sales.
The talk of the town this week has been about immigration. Not only did President Obama announce a major action that he is taking as president on that front, he then promptly turned around and came to Las Vegas for his first out of Washington event and speech on the topic. His actions have partisans riled up. The Republican side is calling his impending actions illegal (despite other presidents, Republicans even, having taken executive action on immigration).
The young woman killed in a Las Vegas car accident earlier this week has been identified. This means that her next of kin has been notified. According to the Clark County Coroner’s office the victim was a 17 year old girl from Las Vegas named Guadalupe Rodriguez. Ms. Rodriguez was reportedly in the passenger seat of a vehicle, a 2008 Toyota Avalon, that hit a pole on the side of the road. Ms. Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene. Two female passengers were taken to the hospital as well, they were said to have sustained critical injuries and were undergoing treatment.
We’ve had a stretch on our roadways for pedestrian accidents in Las Vegas in the first half of this month. Kids getting hit by cars, multiple different hit and run pedestrian accidents across Southern Nevada, it’s been a very bad stretch. In contrast, the months before that had been significantly better for deaths on Clark County roadways, at least compared to the two previous years. This run of bad accidents makes us wonder what the next set of stats released by Las Vegas Metro Police will tell us. They typically release them monthly.
We have an update for you on the story of the street racing accident in Las Vegas that left one dead this last Monday. Early in the morning that day a 19 year old man, Michael Aviles, was involved in Clark County street racing accident. Mr. Aviles is actually the driver reported to have let his vehicle, a 1998 Pontiac, get away from him. He is reported to have clipped a block wall on his way to smashing the Honda CRX that he was racing against. Mr. Aviles died of his injuries from the accident.
We’re following a developing story this evening of a fatal motorcycle accident in Las Vegas. Very few details have yet to be released or even known by law enforcement. Trooper Loy Hixson of the Nevada Highway Patrol provided information that the man riding the bike was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the University Medical Center trauma center from the accident. The accident involved a car as well. It happened on Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard heading in the northbound direction.
A new report is out on bicycle accident deaths in Nevada and across the country, and it is certainly a lot to unpack. This report was put out by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, and looked at bicycle accident data between 2010 and 2012. The report has so much interesting data and so many different facets to it that we may dive a little more in depth into different areas on future blogs. For the moment, though, a bit of an overview:In the country as a whole bicycle deaths have gone up in number.