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Vehicle Strikes, Kills Man in Wheelchair

LAS VEGAS -- A pedestrian is dead after being hit by a vehicle near Cheyenne Avenue and Jones Boulevard in northwest Las Vegas, a Metro spokesperson confirmed.

The male pedestrian was traveling in a wheelchair on Maverick Street at Cheyenne in what Metro Police call an "implied crosswalk". There is not a marked crosswalk at the intersection.

A Ford Mustang swerved to avoid striking the man, but still hit him. The driver says he didn't see the pedestrian prior to the collision.

The man was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He is the latest roadway casualty in a year that's been dangerous and deadly.

"We're trying to get people to understand, to pay attention on the roadways, to watch what's going on, and it just seems like over the last two days, we've had three fatalities," said Metro Police Sgt. Richard Strader. "We're scratching our heads at this point."

Metro says drugs and alcohol have been ruled out as factors. Officers must consider other factors, such as speed or whether the sunlight was blinding the driver, because this was not a night-time accident.

Police have not yet determined whether the driver could face any charges. This man's death is the 68th in Metro's jurisdiction this year. Metro had 72 fatalities for all of 2011.