Las Vegas, Nevada (February 9, 2024) A devastating accident in Las Vegas claimed the life of a bicyclist early Friday morning. At 2:30 in the morning, the world is still dark, yet that doesn’t mean it’s asleep. A bicyclist was riding on Lake Mead Boulevard when they were struck by not one, but two vehicles. The first vehicle fled the scene, leaving the bicyclist on the road, officers reported. This led to the victim being struck by a second vehicle. Officers were able to find and arrest the suspect with the help of the second driver, who remained at the scene.
It was the middle of the night on Lake Mead Boulevard in Las Vegas, just west of Interstate 15, as a bicyclist pedaled, heading east. As he rode, a vehicle was approaching him from behind, authorities reported. The vehicle hit the bicyclist from behind and the force threw them into the middle of the road. The driver didn’t stop. They didn’t even slow down. Instead, they continued driving, leaving the bicyclist alone in the dark, in the middle of the roadway.
This caused a second vehicle, a Ford Ecoline box truck, to run over the bicyclist while they were on the road. This driver of the box truck stopped, but told police that he didn’t know what he had hit. The 911 call came from a bus driver who said there was a man lying on the road near a bicycle, according to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.
Suddenly, the driver of the first car that hit the bicyclist appeared, having returned to the scene of the accident. Just as quickly as he appeared, he turned and drove away again, officers said.
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By the time officers arrived, the vehicle and its driver were nowhere to be found. Paramedics rushed to save the bicyclist, but their efforts weren’t able to stabilize him. Officers interviewed everyone at the scene and the second driver who remained, was able to help officers ID the vehicle that first hit the man and fled. They found the Kia Optima, as well as the driver, identified as Keven Searcy, and arrested him.
The Las Vegas Metro Police Department gave a statement and said they wanted to remind all drivers that the law requires them to stop at the scene of any accident.
Our hearts go out to the family of the bicyclist who was killed in this tragic hit-and-run accident on Lake Mead Boulevard in Las Vegas.