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.
One of the hottest topics in Las Vegas these days is Uber. If you’re already familiar with Uber, skip on ahead to the next paragraph. Uber is a “ride-sharing” service that acts almost like a taxi service, but the “taxis” are regular people driving their own personal vehicles, and they are hailed for rides using a smart phone app. Drivers are contracted through Uber and have to meet certain benchmarks set up by the company, then they become official Uber drivers.
Police are still searching for a man or woman who allegedly ran a red light, killing a pedestrian, and rode off. This Las Vegas pedestrian death occurred Thursday morning, very early in the day – sometime around 4:30am. The accident took place at the light on Sahara Avenue and Eastern Avenue. The pedestrian has been identified by the Clark County Coroner as Marlon Duane Collins, a 57 year old man from Las Vegas. This indicates that his family was notified of his horrible death. He was taken to University Medical Center following the accident, where he was pronounced dead soon after.
It can be easy to forget the level to which first responders put their lives on the line every day and on every call, sometimes even regardless of what kind of call they are out on. Take, for instance, this recent example of paramedics being injured on the job in Las Vegas in a vehicle accident as they were on their way to a call. With emergency lights on, at least according to initial reports, and probably the sirens going as well, a Clark County Fire and Rescue first responder vehicle was struck in an intersection by another vehicle.