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Pedestrian in critical condition after being struck by car

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Updated: 12/03/2012 6:39 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews) -- A pedestrian is hospitalized in critical condition after getting hit by a car around 1 p.m. at the intersection of Palomino Lane and South Rancho Drive.

According to a police report 75-year-old Phillip Marchant of Las Vegas was rushed to University Medical Center with life threatening injuries. Police closed down lanes to investigate. Metro says Marchant was trapped under the car before paramedics arrived on scene.

Police say the critical injury traffic collision occurred on Rancho Drive, approximately 8-feet south of Palomino Lane.

According to witness statements and evidence at the scene, a 2005 Kia driven by 71-year-old Gilbert Waltens was westbound on Palomino Lane and stopped in the left turn lane to southbound Rancho Drive.

Marchant was on the southwest corner of Rancho Drive and Palomino Lane. When the westbound traffic signal on Palomino Lane changed to green, the Kia began turning southbound onto Rancho Drive.

Marchant began crossing Rancho Drive, from the west side to the east side, in a marked crosswalk. As Marchant reached the center, southbound, travel lane of Rancho Drive, he was struck by the Kia and dragged underneath.

This collision remains under investigation by the LVMPD Accident Investigations Section.

Neither Waltens or his passenger, 68-year-old Benigna Waltens, were hurt and it is unclear who is at fault. Both are also from Las Vegas.
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