Las Vegas, NV-UPDATE-Individual Arrested in Deadly Hit-And-Run That Killed A Navy Veteran

Las Vegas, Nevada (July 21, 2019) -UPDATE

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police made an arrest in the fatal hit-and-run that occurred around 8:30 p.m. on July 10. The individual was identified as a transgender woman, named Mitchell Magee aged 27. Magee was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on counts of reckless driving resulting in substantial bodily harm as well as the duty to stop at the scene of a crash that involved death or personal injuries.

The accident occurred on South Decatur Boulevard and West Flamingo Road. Magee was driving a Nissan Altima. Magee was speeding and ran a red light hitting the left side of Thomas Wallenta’s Indian Chief motorcycle. Both vehicles were sent into the southbound lanes of Decatur and they collided with a 2015 Nissan Sentra.

The impact with the Sentra caused another vehicle to crash with a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. Magee continued driving until the car also hit a 2013 Nissan Altima and then a 2019 Toyota Corolla, where it rolled forward and ultimately crashed into a Nissan Rogue.

Wallenta was ejected from his motorcycle and he collided with the 2013 Nissan Altima. Wallenta was immediately transported to the University Medical center, and he did not survive his injuries. The cause of death was reported to be blunt force injuries and the Clark County coroner ruled his death an accident.

The other drivers of the cars that were struck did not sustain injuries. Witness information helped police track down Magee along with the footage taken from an RTC bus at the scene. Magee was seen fleeing the accident on foot. Additionally, security footage of Cafe Rio and Whole Foods showed Magee in the businesses, because there were receipts in the car. Other individuals who were involved in the accident also identified Magee, leading to an arrest on July 18.

Thomas Wallenta was a Navy Veteran.

Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased.

Wrongful Death Automobile Accidents in Las Vegas, Nevada

Speeding is a leading cause of accidents. Speeding causes approximately 30{88e349d5decac9e367401df59c8a5daea38c8be20f3485723a835d333268b5d9} of all deaths in car crashes each year in the United States. Every 43 seconds, it is estimated that a hit-and-run accident occurs somewhere in the country. In 2016, 2,049 fatalities result from these reckless hit-and-run crashes marking the highest recorded number ever according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

When you have lost a loved one unexpectadely in a car accident, the emotional trauma is immense. The Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys at the Cottle Law Firm can help you. We have a benevolent way of working with grieving families and we will fight so you see your full legal justice. Our team of Las Vegas motor vehicle accident attorneys is here for you when you need legal representation the most. Call us today and speak to one of our Nevada wrongful death attorneys about your experience at 702-722-6111.


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