An 18-year-old Carson City man was struck and killed by a driver in the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 8, as he was walking along Interstate 580. According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just north of the Bellevue Road overpass in Washoe Valley. The pedestrian was in the slow lane heading north.
The 42-year-old man who struck the teen was also headed northbound on the interstate. He was driving a Honda Civic. The driver stopped at the scene after he hit the man, who died despite paramedics' efforts to save him. He was later arrested and transported to the Washoe County Jail. The arrest was for outstanding warrants unrelated to the accident.
The NHP is still investigating the accident and asking for witnesses who may have seen anything to come forward. It hasn't released any information regarding why the young man was walking along the interstate. However, it's been speculated that his presence there may have been related to a car that was pulled over.
When a person is doing something as dangerous as walking along a dark road, it may impossible for drivers to see the pedestrian before it is too late, even if they are obeying the speed limit. How the driver responds afterwards, though, can be crucial. If a person leaves the scene of an accident instead of staying to try to render aid or call emergency services, he or she can face criminal charges as well as civil liability. When a pedestrian is injured or killed by a driver, regardless of the circumstances, he or she should find out what his or her legal options are.
Source: KOLO Channel 8, "Name released of man killed in car-versus-pedestrian crash on I-580," Feb. 08, 2016