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Las Vegas police report 'ominous' start to the year: 4 deadly crashes in 5 days

Police investigate deadly crash on Sahara Avenue, Winterwood Boulevard
Posted at 4:06 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 01:34:06-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police are investigating a deadly crash in east Las Vegas involving a motorcycle and a sedan.

Police say the crash happened near the intersection of Sahara Avenue and Winterwood Boulevard, near Nellis Boulevard.

A 56-year-old man riding a motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity and cause of death will be released by the coroner's office.

The crash happened at the same intersection new traffic signals are scheduled to be turned on tomorrow.

"Unfortunately, under these circumstances, it could have helped us out today if these lights had been activated today," said Lt. Bret Ficklin with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Traffic Bureau.

But, Ficklin says the intersection has not had issues in the past.

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He went on to say this death marks the fourth death for the year so far in the LVMPD jurisdiction, calling it an "ominous sign."

"We've had four fatals in five days," he said. "Three of those fatals have involved motorcycles."

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Ficklin also says this time last year the department had zero deadly crashes.

"This is a trend we do not want to see continue," he said.

"We ask people to please be mindful of what you are doing on the roadway," pleaded Ficklin, "when you are driving, or riding, or even when you are a pedestrian on the road."

"That's not the time to be multitasking. Pay attention to what you are doing. Pay attention to those around you."

The crash remains under investigation.

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