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Las Vegas police arrest suspect in fatal hit-and-run near Strip

Updated January 20, 2022 - 1:16 pm

Las Vegas police have made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run crash early this month in the central valley.

Micihael Hughes was booked Thursday into the Clark County Detention Center on one felony count of failure to stop at the scene of a crash and one count each of destroying or concealing evidence and failure to give information at the crash site, both misdemeanors, Las Vegas Justice Court logs show.

The 43-year-old suspect is due in court Friday morning.

Shortly before 7 p.m. on Jan. 3, Leeland Rayburn was on East Sahara Avenue, near Santa Rita Drive, when he was struck by a white Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said.

The 37-year-old pedestrian, who was outside a crosswalk, later died at University Medical Center.

In the days that followed, police released a photo and description of the Jeep as well as a surveillance image that showed the suspected driver.

“We started with a vehicle description that led us to locating the vehicle that led us to locating the driver!” police wrote Wednesday on Twitter.

A copy of Hughes’ arrest report was not immediately available.

Contact Ricardo Torres-Cortez at rtorres@reviewjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @rickytwrites.

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