Las Vegas police arrest 19 year-old woman after fatal hit-and-run crash

Las Vegas police release photo of vehicle they say was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash on...
Las Vegas police release photo of vehicle they say was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash on Jan. 21, 2023.(LVMPD)
Published: Jan. 21, 2023 at 12:44 PM PST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2023 at 4:34 PM PST
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Update Jan. 24 - The victim has been identified as Rakiyah Poole, 24, of North Las Vegas. Her cause of death was blunt force injuries to the head, chest, and extremities due to a motor vehicle collision. Her manner of death was ruled an accident.

Poole’s family has started a GoFundMe to help pay for her funeral services.

ORIGINAL STORY: LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Las Vegas Metropolitan Police arrested a 19-year-old woman in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash early Saturday morning.

LVMPD said the crash happened around 4:25 a.m. Jan. 21 near E. Lake Mead Boulevard east of the Mt. Hood Street intersection.

According to police, a silver sedan was driving eastbound on Lake Mead when a female pedestrian tried to cross the street. The sedan hit the pedestrian, a 24-year-old woman, but continued east on Lake Mead, failing to stop after the crash, police said.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The Clark County Coroner’s Office will identify the woman once next of kin is notified.

LVMPD said Joanna Meza, 19, from North Las Vegas was arrested in connection with the crash. Police were previously looking for the car involved in the crash.

The crash marks the 7th traffic-related fatality in LVMPD’s jurisdiction in 2023.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LVMPD’s Collision Investigation Section at (702) 828-3060 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-555 or visit www.CrimeStoppersOfNV.com.