Driver speaks to Action News about hitting elderly woman

Spencer Lubitz

Driver speaks to Action News about hitting elderly woman

CREATED Oct. 13, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An elderly pedestrian is struggling to survive after she was struck by a car downtown, and the driver of the car shared his story with Action News.

When emergency responders first arrived, they found the woman lying on the ground near the intersection. Police say the driver wasn't going terribly fast, but the woman was still rushed to UMC with serious head injuries.

"When I pumped the breaks, the car just slid into her," said the driver, Frank Vega.

The driver told investigators he had the right of way when he saw the 75-year old woman at the corner of the intersection, but he said at the time he was making his left turn it didn't look as though she was going to cross the street.

“So you actually made eye contact with her as she was about to enter the crosswalk?” asked Action News Reporter Spencer Lubitz. 
   
"Yes," said Vega. "But she did not move."

Vega was driving his low-rider at the time of the crash.  He said he brought the car from his home in southern California for an auto show happening this weekend.

"I barely bumped her on the leg and then she fell. 75 years old, I am just concerned about her, you know?” he said.

Police are investigating before determining if any charges will be filed.

The woman remains hospitalized in critical condition.

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