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Worker Killed By DUI Hit-and-Run

A 57-year-old subcontractor who was cutting asphalt with a wet saw in a bus lane on West Sahara Avenue was killed after being struck by a drunk driver, according to reports. Around 9:44 a.m., the worker was standing behind his parked and unoccupied 2001 Chevrolet W4500 when he was hit by a 2004 Ford F-150. Police initially thought two vehicles were involved in the accident, but soon came to realize that the worker's saw had been thrown from the scene into another vehicle. The worker died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Ford F-150 continued to drive, finally hitting another car and then parking his car. After exiting the vehicle, the driver fled the scene on foot, but was later found by police hiding in a nearby apartment building dumpster. The driver was identified as Rafael Mendez-Soto, 41, who suffered only minor injuries. Mendez-Soto failed the field sobriety test, resulting in an arrest with charges of DUI involving a death as well as leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.


Those who commit the crime of driving under the influence of alcohol and cause an accident resulting in an injury or death can face felony DUI charges in the state of Nevada. According to Nevada law, a DUI causing bodily injury or death is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and fines ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. Aside from criminal prosecution, those who commit DUI can also face civil action with a personal injury lawsuit filed by the victims of their negligence. This type of suit can potentially offer victims compensation for damages, such as reimbursement for medical expenses, compensation for pain and suffering and potential loss of income. If your or a loved one were injured by a drunk driver, it is important to seek the experienced legal counsel of a personal injury lawyer to determine your best course of action. The personal injury lawyers at High Stakes Injury Law in Las Vegas can help you with your individual personal injury case, from gathering evidence to negotiating settlements or representing you in court. Though the law offers harsh penalties for those who commit DUI offenses, it also allows for injured parties to seek compensation for damages. If you or a loved one have been injured by a drunk driver, seek the help of the lawyers at High Stakes Injury Law by scheduling your free initial consultation today. Do not wait to begin exercising your rights and pursuing compensation.

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