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Updated: 7/22 9:53 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Friends and family are mourning a road construction worker killed on a Las Vegas street by who police say was a drunken driver.

A vigil Monday evening honored 57-year-old Robert Lujan, who died in the Sunday morning crash on West Sahara Avenue.

Police say Lujan was cutting asphalt with a wet saw in the bus lane when a Ford F-150 veered out of its lane and hit him.

Investigators say the truck also hit an empty Chevy nearby before the driver walked away and hid in a trash bin.

Officers say 54-year-old driver Rafael Mendez-Soto smelled of alcohol and said he drank eight or nine beers over the course of seven hours at a North Las Vegas bar. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

 

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