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Suspect in Fatal Hit and Run Caught in North Las Vegas

August 25, 2017
A 15-year-old boy was arrested and charged after being suspected of driving a vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run auto accident in North Las Vegas at the end of this July. The victim who died in the car crash was a local 17-year-old girl who was riding as a passenger in a car the 15-year-old suspect reportedly stole. Authorities report that the Las Vegas hit and run accident happened early in the morning on July 28, on the corners of Chyeanne and Clayton. This traffic fatality occurred on the north side of the city.

Currently, the 15-year-old suspect is behind bars facing charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and hit and run resulting in death. Officials say that he was behind the wheel of the car that resulted in the 17-year-old victim, Brittanie Brown's death. Reports say that the vehicle Brown was a passenger in jumped a curb, tilted into a roll, rolled once, and the decimated a bus stop before ending its destructive path. It is unclear at this time what caused it to go over the curb in the first place. At the time of the crash, both the driver and another passenger in the car fled the scene. There were two other passengers in the car that sustained injuries who were both taken to University Medical Center for treatment of their wounds.  It took nearly a month after this Southern Nevada hit and run injury car wreck for someone riding in the vehicle at the time of the accident to come forward and tell authorities what they know. Although the driver is behind bars for the car accident death of Brittanie Brown, it is uncertain if anyone else in the car will face any type of criminal charges.  

Because this case involves charges against a minor in the death of another minor, the judgment will have to be examined very closely. The defendant, in this case, is 15 years old and will have to be looked at to see if he has any developmental challenges or mental disorders. It will make a big difference in the case depending on if the defendant is able to assist his lawyer or not. With the gravity of committing a hit and run resulting in death in Las Vegas, there is a possibility the court may transfer the case out of the juvenile justice system and to the adult criminal justice system. 

When someone is injured or killed in a hit and run in Clark County, the penalties for the crime are higher because the driver leaves the scene. If someone you care about or you are involved in a hit and run auto accident in Las Vegas, you should seek out a reputable attorney. Benson and Bingham are Las Vegas's best auto accident injury lawyers and have handled so many hit-and-run car crash cases, they've lost count. What they haven't lost, are their cases. Benson and Bingham have decades of combined experience, and the knowledge and grit to make sure your injury or fatality from a hit and run are represented right. Contact their firm to receive a free, no strings attached consultation to see if you could be entitled to funds for medical bills or time lost from work as a result of your injury auto accident. 

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