Three killed in separate overnight crashes

Police search for drivers who fled the scenes

LAS VEGAS - Three people were killed in three separate crashes late Thursday or early Friday. In two cases, police said people involved drove or ran away from the scene.

A teen died in North Las Vegas when the truck she was in rolled at the intersection of Cheyenne Ave. and Clayton St. just after 1 a.m.  The Clark County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Brittanie Rochelle Chaniece Brown. She was 17 years old.

Police said five people were in the truck when it overturned.  Two people ran away, including the person police believe was behind the wheel.  

"This is a direct message to them," said NLVPD officer Aaron Patty.  "We want folks to do the right thing. if you were involved in this crash, we are asking you to contact law enforcement.  We will be doing interviews and speaking with witnesses.

Police said they think speed was a factor.

"We need drivers to slow down and be aware of their surroundings," said Patty.  "This is an unfortunate accident that didn't have to happen."

Late Thursday night, a woman was hit and killed crossing W. Charleston, near S. Torrey Pines Dr.  The driver who hit her left the scene.

Investigators say the woman was crossing north on Charleston, near the College of Southern Nevada when she was hit.

Police are searching for a white pickup truck with front end damage.

Investigators said leaving the scene of any accident is a very serious offense.

"They recently just strengthened the laws on leaving the scene of the accident," said Robert Stauffer of Metro's fatal detail.  "Leaving the scene of the accident is as serious or more serious than the DUI portion of (this investigation)."

A motorcyclist was killed in a collision west of the Las Vegas Strip.  Police said the rider hit two cars near Dean Martin Dr. and Jerry Lewis Way.  It was not immediately clear if either of the other drivers was hurt in that crash.


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