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North Vegas police seek driver in pedestrian death

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Police are trying to find a hit-and-run motorist after Santiago Sanchez-Adame, 57, of North Las Vegas, was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing a busy North Las Vegas street with his 4-year-old grandson.

North Las Vegas police Officer Steven Wiese says the child escaped serious injury but Sanchez-Adame died after the crash just before 5:30 p.m. Sunday at East Cheyenne Avenue and North Carroll Street.

Wiese says police are looking for the driver and a red Toyota sedan that may have front-end damage.

Investigators say the man and child weren't in a crosswalk when they were struck by the car driving east on Cheyenne Avenue.

A witness, who didn't want to be identified, said the grandfather did all he could to save the boy. "He threw the kid out of the way. And he took the impact. He did a cartwheel. He did at least forty feet in the air."

The witness said they wanted to perform CPR on the man, but it was too late. 

The nearest crosswalk is about a quarter-mile away. The Nevada Department of Transportation maintains some of the busiest stretches of road in southern Nevada, including that chunk of Cheyenne. 

Over the next few months, NDOT said it will spend $600,000 on safety improvements to busy intersections in North Las Vegas, including two blocks away. However, NDOT said improvements are not scheduled at this particular intersection because it says it has not received any complaints.

Sunday's crash bore eerie similarities to a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a 63-year-old man pushing a stroller several days before Thanksgiving in southwest Las Vegas.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case is urged to call the North Las Vegas Police Department at 702-633-9111 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

Editor's note: North Las Vegas Police originally stated the man was 64 years old. The Clark County Coroner said the man was 57. 

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)