California residents who travel to Las Vegas for business or pleasure have likely heard about a motor vehicle accident on the Strip sidewalk in which a driver hit dozens of pedestrians. Authorities have reported that the driver drove onto a crowded sidewalk multiple times, resulting in the death of one person and injuries to more than 30 additional pedestrians. Due to the accident, cars were redirected near the Paris Las Vegas hotel and the Strip was shut down for safety.
While police initially said they did not know whether the pedestrian knockdown was intentional or accidental, the driver was taken into custody and administered multiple tests, including one to measure for alcohol intoxication. One witness described the scene as chaotic as bystanders fled and numerous emergency vehicles gathered at the scene. The same witness described the driver as looking straight forward with her hands on the wheel, as if she did not want to stop the vehicle. Others ran after the driver in an attempt to stop her.
Another witness explained that he could see the driver leaving the scene while pedestrians were 'bouncing off" the hood of the car. The driver's windshield was damaged at some point during the accident. When she stopped at an intersection after traveling along the sidewalk, she reportedly proceeded to accelerate and collide with more pedestrians.
The surviving family members of a person who has been killed in a fatal pedestrian accident often face significant financial losses in addition to the grief of suddenly losing a loved one. When the accident has been caused by the negligent or reckless acts of a motorist, the family may want to meet with an attorney to discuss whether the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party would be an advisable way of seeking compensation for their losses.