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Pedestrian struck and killed on Henderson sidewalk

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Updated: 5/25/2012 1:20 pm
HENDERSON (KSNV MyNews3) – A 71-year-old Henderson man died this morning after he was struck by a sport utility vehicle as he was walking on a sidewalk in Sun City Anthem.

The victim was doing what many people there do on a weekday -- taking a morning walk.

The pedestrian was struck about 7:15 a.m. as he was walking westbound on the sidewalk of Hampton Road near Point Pleasant Drive off of Sun City Anthem Drive.

A 2008 Jeep Commander driven by Chester F. Budd, 78, of Henderson, was traveling westbound on Hampton Road when for reasons still undetermined the vehicle left the roadway and drove up onto the sidewalk.

The pedestrian was struck from behind and carried a short distance. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation; however, speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors. Budd has not been charged in connection with the pedestrian’s death, but the investigation is continuing.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office will release the victim’s name after his family has been notified.

The driver stopped after the accident. He was questioned by police and then, still shaken up, he was taken home.

Herb Brant, who said he walks down Hampton Road almost every morning, says it was only a matter of time until something like this happened.

“But there is no crosswalk here between all the way up at the corner there all the way down to the corner there. You cross at your own risk if you need to get to the other side.” Brant said. “So everybody is running down this road with a 30 miles an hour speed limit ... it's got to be 40 or 50, I'm just shocked that more people aren't hurt on this road.”

The victim’s identity will not be released until the coroner informs his family.

Henderson police have not said whether the driver will face criminal charges. So far this year there have been seven fatalities in Henderson in four fatal accidents.
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