LAS VEGAS — A man sought for questioning by police in a shooting case that left a man wounded last week was struck and killed Thursday by a tractor-trailer when he tried to run across a Las Vegas freeway, police said.
The fatal crash happened a little before 11:30 a.m. Thursday on busy U.S. 95 southeast of downtown and the Interstate 15-Spaghetti Bowl interchange, Las Vegas police Officer Larry Hadfield said.
Capt. Shawn Andersen told the Las Vegas Sun (http://bit.ly/2deMo0v ) the man drove a vehicle that failed to stop for police near Flamingo Road and led officers on a chase on the northbound freeway, off at Boulder Highway and back on the southbound freeway.
The man crashed into a wall near Flamingo and abandoned the car before being hit by the truck as he tried to cross the northbound freeway lanes, Andersen said. He died at the scene.
His name wasn’t immediately made public.
Officer Michael Rodriguez, a department spokesman, said officers were following from a distance and witnessed the fatal crash.
The trucker stopped in the center lane, and the freeway was closed for several hours, prompting a backup of more than 2 miles.
One southbound lane reopened by 3 p.m., but northbound traffic was directed to a nearly 4-mile detour off and back on the freeway, Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chelsea Stuenkel said.
Detectives wanted to question the man about a Sept. 22 shooting that critically wounded a man in a parking area of a mobile home park on Boulder Highway, not far from where Thursday’s chase occurred, Hadfield said.