Emergency vehicles on the scene of an auto-pedestrian crash on Commerce Street in North Las Vegas on Friday, July 11. (Source: FOX5 Report It)
NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV (FOX5) -
A 7-year-old girl is fighting for her life after being hit by a pickup truck while crossing a street in North Las Vegas on Friday night.
The child and her uncle were in a crosswalk on North Commerce Street near West Lone Mountain Road. The driver of the pickup failed to stop for them.
The girl, identified by first name as Nevaeh, is in a coma, according to her family.
People who live in the area of the crash say the crosswalk is dangerous. It's located near Craig Ranch Regional Park, so there's a great deal of foot traffic in the area.
Neighbors say street lights near the crosswalk have been broken for weeks, and the pedestrian traffic signal doesn't work.
"Be mindful that there are pedestrians out on our roadways, and we have to share the roads. Be responsive and mindful of any swift movements that could possibly take place," said Las Vegas Councilman Ricki Barlow, who is also another of the child's uncles.
"Sometimes I'll wave and try to let people know I'm there, and they'll just continue to drive through as if I'm not there," said Tony Ladd, who lives in the area.
Ladd said that he saw the girl and her uncle on their way to the park on Friday before the accident.
"It was kind of devastating to hear that because I had just yielded to the man and his children right before that, about an hour or so," he said.
Police do not believe the driver was impaired. He remained at the scene following the crash. The child's uncle was not harmed in the accident.
"I really want to thank the entire community for rallying around this incident, and for their prayers and support," Barlow said.
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