A family could be seeking the assistance of a wrongful death lawyer. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has named the victim of a fatal accident that occurred last Friday night.
The crash resulted in the arrest of 19-year-old Brandon Lopes, according to previous reports.
Police were also looking for another driver who was involved and there is no information to suggest that the individual has been caught.
Both vehicles struck 66-year-old Las Vegas resident James Taite in the east valley.
The crash happened at 9:22 p.m. while Taite was crossing Maryland Parkway in the area of Twain Avenue.
Police officers said Taite was not using a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a 2003 Ford Escape driven by Lopes.
A second car then hit him and dragged him for an undetermined distance before leaving the scene.
Lopes’ arrest report said he tried to run after a gunshot came from his car. He suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and officers quickly caught him.
Three women were said to be in the vehicle, but they fled.
The arrest report also revealed that an open container of tequila was found in the vehicle.
Lopes faces four charges: failing to stop at the scene of a crash, driving under the influence resulting in death, possession of stolen property, and being a prohibited person in possession of a gun.
Taite was the 37th traffic-related fatality in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s jurisdiction for 2020.
The families of these victims have the right to seek advice from a Las Vegas wrongful death lawyer.
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