Robert Lee Lujan, 57, killed in hit-and-run accident in construction zone in Las Vegas, Nevada

Modified Date: 
Tue, 06/09/2015 - 4:02pm
Accident Date: 
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Coroner ID's construction worker killed in hit-and-run crash

Police arrested Mendez-Soto for felony DUI resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident.

Man sentenced in deadly DUI hit-and-run crash

A man who was drunk and left the scene after he hit and killed a construction worker in July was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday morning.

Man gets prison time for DUI crash that killed road worker

Mendez-Soto, who was driving a 2004 Ford F-150, ran from the scene. Police arrested him a short time later after finding him hiding in a dumpster in a nearby apartment complex.
A construction worker killed in a hit-and-run crash Sunday morning has been identified as 57-year-old Robert Lee Lujan by the Clark County Coroner's office. The crash happened around 9:30 a.m. near Valley View Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. Police say the worker was cutting asphalt in a bus lane on Sahara Avenue, when a Ford F-150 struck the worker, then hit a parked car. Lujan died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Ford, 45-year-old Rafael Mendez-Soto, walked away from the scene, but police later located him hiding in a dumpster at a nearby apartment complex. Police arrested Mendez-Soto for felony DUI resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident. In the arrest report, Soto told police he drank eight or nine bottles of beer at a bar at Lake Mead Boulevard and McDaniel Street in the six to seven hours before the crash. In the report, the arresting officer asked Soto what happened and he answered, "I messed up, I messed up bad." He also told police that while driving home, his eyes got heavy and he veered to right side of the road. Soto said after the accident, he saw the victim lying in the street and panicked, which is why he ran from the scene. Police say Soto failed the field sobriety test.
People Involved: 
Robert Lee Lujan
Rafael Mendez-Soto

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