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Las Vegas man, 52, struck, killed by minivan in central Las Vegas

Updated February 20, 2019 - 3:48 pm

A 52-year-old Las Vegas man who was running early Wednesday in the central valley died when he was struck by a vehicle.

About 4:30 a.m., a 2006 Toyota Sienna driven by a 23-year-old man was heading west on Sahara Avenue, approaching Teddy Drive, which had a green light. At the same time, the pedestrian was running south in a crosswalk and ran into the path of the Toyota, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

The Clark County coroner’s office identified the pedestrian as 52-year-old Jorge Escobar, of Las Vegas. His cause and manner of death were pending Wednesday afternoon.

Escobar died at University Medical Center, police said, marking the 15th traffic death investigated this year by Metro.

It was not clear why he was running.

The Toyota driver remained at the scene and was not suspected of DUI, according to police.

“It’s too early to say there will be no charges, but if everything we are saying turns out to be factual, there will be no charges for the driver,” Metro traffic Capt. Nick Farese said at the scene.

A possible witness was seen driving an early 1990s model white Mustang, Farese said, adding that officers would like to speak to that person.

The case remained under investigation Wednesday.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at leggen@reviewjournal.com. Follow @LukasEggen on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writers Rio Lacanlale and Katelyn Newberg contributed to this report.