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Girl killed while trick-or-treating identified, driver arrested

Drew Karedes

Girl killed while trick-or-treating identified, driver arrested

CREATED Oct. 31, 2011

UPDATE: The 12-year-old girl who was hit and killed while trick-or-treating on Halloween has been identified as Faith Love of Las Vegas.

UPDATE: The driver who hit the 12-year-old girl last night while she was out trick-or-treating --  41-year-old Justin Caramanica -- has been officially charged with a DUI causing substantial bodily harm.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - A festive Halloween turned deadly for a pre-teen trick-or-treater after she was struck in the street.

It happened just before 8:30 p.m. on Monday in Summerlin, near West Sahara Avenue and South Hualapai Way.

Paramedics responded to the area of South Sandstone Bluffs Drive at West Wesley Lake Place, attempting to keep the young victim alive.

She was later prounced dead at University Medical Center. Police said the girl was only 12-years-old.

Sgt. Richard Strader with Las Vegas Metro Fatal Detail said the driver who hit the girl admitted he had been drinking. The driver, believed to be in his 30's, also reportedly admitted he had been taking prescription pills for an injury.

"He was just crying," said neighbor Tyler Hunt. "I've seen people speeding down this street all the time. You have to be especially careful on a night like this."

Tyler Hunt said the little girl who was killed had stopped by his house earlier in the night, trick-or-treating with a group of other kids.

Police say the 12-year-old girl's relative was present with the group when she was hit.

"We heard a screech and some screaming, and I jumped over the wall to look, and I saw people running and people crying and screaming," explained Tyler Hunt.

It does not appear that the victim was in a marked crosswalk. However, investigators say Halloween is especially a time when drivers should be extra cautious.

The driver who hit this young trick-or-treator was taken to the Clark County Detention Center for a blood draw.

"This is hard for me, because I lost my little boy. Twenty-seven years ago I buried him on his 10th birthday," cried grandmother Becky Marrs at the scene. "Kids should be out to have fun on Halloween and not have to worry about people running them over in cars."

Becky Marrs did not know the girl who was hit, but like many neighbors, she was torn up over it.

"They know kids are out. They klnow that kids are trick-or-treating. They're going to run across the street. They're excited," added Marrs.

A bag of candy could be seen lying in the street as investigators reconstructed the scene.