A 26-year-old mother of two was hit by a vehicle in the central Las Vegas Valley on Tuesday and killed, police said.
At around 2:15 p.m., a 1996 Nissan Pathfinder heading west on Bonanza Road collided with a 2004 Ford Mustang heading north on Eastern Avenue and giving a red light at the intersection, Lt. Bret Ficklin in a briefing with the scene. The accident forced the Nissan to see the woman and her two children, a 5-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl, in a stroller, who were on the sidewalk on the northwest corner of the intersection.
The 1-year-old stayed in the stroller but was thrown aside and the 5-year-old was pinned under a car, according to Shannon Laviguer, a witness. All three were taken to the university hospital, where the mother died and the children had non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
After the Nissan hit the woman, she was pushed against a light pole until two pedestrians idled the car and, according to Laviguer, pushed it off her.
“It was the worst accident I have ever seen in my life,” said Laviguer. “It’s not worth racing through an intersection to get where you need to go.”
The driver of the Nissan, a 44-year-old woman, was rushed to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, Ficklin said.
The driver of the Ford, a 15-year-old boy, stayed at the scene, the police said. He and his passenger, a 16-year-old girl, had minor injuries, according to a statement from Metro.
No impairment was suspected in the crash. This was the 97th traffic death investigated by Metro that year.
The woman lived in Las Vegas, reported the police, and will be identified by the Clark County Coroner Office.
Contact Mya Constantino at [email protected] Follow @searchingformya on Twitter. The review journal’s authors, Katelyn Newberg and Sabrina Schnur, contributed to this report.