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Woman killed in Friday crash had been bartender

Posted at 7:12 AM, Dec 14, 2015

UPDATE: Action News is following up on our area's 117th fatal crash of the year. We're learning more about the woman who was hit and killed while crossing Boulder Highway without using a crosswalk.

The victim's neighbor says she was crossing the busy road to get over to Arizona Charlie's, where she used to work.
 
"I think it was her intention to double back and go across the street and say hello to some old coworkers. The vehicle just didn't see her," said former next door neighbor Juanita Watkins.
 
42-year old Emily Collier never made it to Arizona Charlie's. Investigators called Watkins to tell her the news.
 
"That she had been hit and that she had expired and they wanted to let us know," she said.
 
Watkins only knew Collier for three months. But she left an impact in that short time.
 
"I met Emily right away. She's a very special person," said Watkins.
 
Watkins says Collier went out of her way to get to know her neighbors.
 
"She walked over like people used to do back in the day. Hi. My name is. Welcome to the neighborhood. You know and it was very endearing. She didn't have to do that. And people don't do that no more."
 
The long-time bartender recently moved off Riker Avenue to a home right near the spot where she was killed off Boulder Highway near Twain.
 
"She says she was trying to get her life together and I believe that was happening for her."
 
But now, Collier won't get that chance.
 
"I hope that she is resting in peace. She had mentioned that she had lost her father sometime back and I just hope they're together," said Watkins.

ORIGINAL STORY

A pedestrian was struck and killed on Boulder Highway Friday evening.

It happened around 7:30 p.m. Friday near Boulder Highway and Twain Avenue. Police say the 42-year-old woman was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and died at the scene. She was attempting to cross six lanes without a crosswalk.

The woman was identified as Emily Collier of Las Vegas. She died of blunt force trauma from the crash.

The driver remained on scene to talk with officers. Police say he was not impaired.

Southbound lanes of Boulder Highway were closed for several hours while police investigated.

This is the 117th fatal crash in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's jurisdiction in 2015.