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UPDATE: Family mourns 22-year-old woman killed in hit-and-run near 215, Sunset Road

Posted at 1:32 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-11 12:15:50-04

UPDATE JULY 11: While grieving, a family says thank you.

Savannah Aguilar was coming back from getting a smog check near 215 and Sunset Road. Her family says she always followed the rules.
A man in a truck blew through a red light and hit her. That driver ran away toward the hospital, leaving Savannah behind to die.
"He just doesn't know how amazing she was to everyone. He just took everything from me... Took everything," said Julio Alexander, the victim's boyfriend.
The family has trouble talking about the crash. It happened July 5.
Despite their pain, they want to thank the witnesses and people who stayed with Savannah until paramedics arrived. Without the witnesses, they might never have caught the man who did this. Witnesses helped officers track down the other driver that same day.
"That's very comforting to us to know that she was around people that were caring and nice," said Aaron Aguilar, the victim's brother.
Savannah was 22 years old. She had graduated college. Her family says she was just about to decide what she would do with her life.
"She was my life. I gave her everything," said Alexander. Alexander was planning to propose and eventually marry Savannah.
The family is planning a memorial service for Savannah in Las Vegas and her hometown of El Paso.

ORIGINAL STORY: Around 3 p.m., police responded to a crash between a F-150 pickup truck and a Toyota Camry on the 215 beltway, near Sunset Road. NHP said the Ford truck went through a red light at the intersection and hit the Toyota who had a green.

Savannah Aguilar, the 22-year-old female driver of the Toyota Camry, was transported to UMC Trauma where she succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash and was pronounced dead.

Lance Kaanoi Junior, the 29-year-old male driver of the F-150, fled the scene on foot and failed to render aid to Savannah Aguilar.

He was arrested a short time after by Nevada Highway Patrol. Kaanoi was treated and released from Southern Hills Hospital and booked into Clark County Detention Center on four charges.

-Hit-and-run resulting in injury/death (Felony)
-Duty to give information and render aid (Felony)
-Reckless driving with death (Misdemeanor)
-Failure to obey traffic signal (Misdemeanor)