Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle near Durango and Sahara

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Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle near Durango and Sahara

By Jacqui Heinrich. CREATED Mar 27, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police were called to the scene of a fatal auto-pedestrian crash on Thursday evening.

It happened just before 6 p.m. near Sahara Avenue and Durango Drive.

Police believe the pedestrian was at fault. They believe she was trying to cross six lanes of traffic, outside of a marked crosswalk.

"People don't even tend to stop for the pedestrians that cross there all the time. A lot of people are going to speed, try to beat you to the punch," said Jacques Lannier.

The 59-year-old female pedestrian died at the scene.

Neighbors in the area said jaywalking is common, since there is a half-mile between crosswalks. But it's a dangerous area to try your luck.

The driver did not appear to be impaired, but police are looking into whether speed was a factor. They said although drivers do break the speed limit in the area, they're often stopping pedestrians for breaking the law.

"Running across here with shopping carts, strollers, kids in tow. We'll stop and write them tickets, discuss the danger, and it seems like it continues to happen," said Detective Rich Tusko.

The victim's name has not been released.

Jacqui Heinrich

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Jacqui Heinrich is currently an Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter for Action News.