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North Las Vegas Police ID driver arrested after 8 pedestrians hit


courtesy of north las vegas police

Nyakueth Tear

Updated Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 | 4 p.m.

Pedestrians struck

A woman hit eight pedestrians, including a pregnant woman, with a car before crashing and fleeing on foot Thursday night, according to North Las Vegas Police.

Police responded to the incident about 11:30 p.m. on Losee Road, near Lake Mead Boulevard. The driver, identified as 18-year-old Nyakueth D. Tear of Utah, was headed south on Losee Road in a Mitsubishi when she drove through a crowd of people crossing the street after a church service at Iglesia De Cristo, Police spokesman Tim Bedwell said.

The victims range in age from 15 to 57 years old.

Four pedestrians were transported to University Medical Center and the other four to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries. A 54-year-old man remained in critical condition at UMC. The other seven victims have since been treated and released.

Tear, after stopping, continued down the dead-end road and then crashed into a piece of construction equipment, police said.

Tear fled on foot but was later detained by police and identified by a victim and a witness, police said.

Tear initially provided a name that conflicted with identification found in the vehicle, police said.

Tear told police she had been in Las Vegas for a week, living out of the car, authorities said. She did not have a driver’s license or insurance, and the car registration was expired, police said.

Tear was transported to University Medical Center with minor injuries and later booked on eight counts of felony hit-and-run, eight counts of failure to render aid, and several other counts, including obstructing a police officer.

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