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Entertainment trailblazer hit and killed in Las Vegas crosswalk

90-year-old was former female impersonator
Posted at 1:01 PM, Mar 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-29 11:58:33-04

LATEST:  The Clark County coroner has identified the deceased as Paul Levern Cummings. 13 Action News spoke with a friend of the 90-year-old late Wednesday night.

"We talked about mortality he and I, and said it would be nice if we can go in our sleep or quickly" said friend David de Alba, "... but I never expected an accident like this."

According to de Alba, the victim, a former female impersonator, was a trailblazer in the entertainment industry. We're told Cummings performed for more than two decades at the famous Finocchio's nightclub in San Francisco.

He retired from the business in the 1980's and moved to Las Vegas to retire. 

Friends say beyond his voice and the glamour, they believe his legacy is sophistication and class.

ORIGINAL:  A pedestrian was killed in a crash Friday afternoon.

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Around 12:24 p.m., the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reported the crash near the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and Brush Street, not far from Decatur Boulevard.

A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle and has been pronounced deceased at the scene. The east and westbound lanes of Charleston shut down between Decatur Boulevard and Wilshire Street. while police investigated.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, a 78-year-old woman was trying to make a left turn when she struck a 90-year-old man crossing on the crosswalk. Police say she remained at the scene and did not show signs of impairment.