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UPDATE: Friends identify 16-year-old dirt bike rider killed in crash

Police say death highlights bigger issue
Posted: 7:10 PM, Sep 20, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-21 23:07:19-04
One dead, one hurt in crash near Hualapai, Alta

UPDATE: Loved ones identified the teen killed in the crash as Shane Sanders.

"I just think about how much he's going to be missed here and you know one day I'll see him again," one friend said.

13 Action News has learned that the 16-year-old was originally from Arizona. According to the Clark County School District, Sanders previously attended Palo Verde High School.

Police said the death highlights a dangerous trend. There is a growing number of teens riding dirt bikes illegally on valley roads, according to police. 

"Dirt bike tires aren't meant to be on the surface that we have right here," said Sgt. Richard Strader.

Sgt. Strader has this advice for parents.

"Don't give them access to leave any part of the city to drive out to the outskirts of the desert," he said. "How do you think they're going to get there?"

ORIGINAL STORY

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- A 16-year-old dirt bike rider was killed in a crash Tuesday evening.

The crash happened around 6:56 p.m. near Hualapai Way and Alta Drive.

Police said the dirt bike was not legal for street use. In addition, police said the rider was speeding and ran a red light prior to the crash.

The rider then hit a Toyota Rav 4's vehicle passenger door and due to the high rate of speed, he flew into the window and struck the driver.

The male rider was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle was transported to UMC Trauma with non-life threatening injuries. She did not display signs of impairment.

The intersection was closed as police investigated.

This is the 80th traffic-related fatality in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's jurisdiction in 2016.