Police: Man who caused deadly hit-and-run crash arrested for lying and attempting to conceal SUV

Jan 26, 2022 - Las Vegas, Nevada - A man has been arrested for a deadly hit-and-run incident that occurred on January 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. The accused, Michael Gerald Hughes, is facing several charges including failing to stop at the scene of the accident, failing to provide information, and destroying or concealing evidence. The victim, Leeland Rayburn, was hit by a white Jeep Grand Cherokee while walking in and out of traffic on Sahara Avenue and Santa Rita Drive. The accident resulted in critical injuries for Rayburn, who later died on January 12.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police identified the vehicle as a white Jeep Grand Cherokee with the help of witness statements and broken vehicle parts at the scene. They then put out a public plea for information, and a concerned citizen identified Hughes as the driver of the vehicle. Surveillance footage also showed Hughes and the vehicle near the scene at the time of the crash.

Police were able to locate a passenger who was in the SUV at the time of the accident. She reported waking up to a big bump and finding the windshield shattered. When she asked Hughes what happened, he told her to be quiet and that he had it under control. When investigators contacted Hughes, he lied and denied any involvement in the crash. However, the damage on his SUV matched the missing parts found at the accident site. Hughes had parked the vehicle at a friend’s home in an attempt to conceal it from investigators.

Hughes now faces multiple charges and will have to face the consequences of his actions.

Commentary from Tim O'Reilly

According to the recent news report about a hit-and-run accident that occurred on January 3, 2021, in Las Vegas, it is essential for individuals to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney if a loved one is injured or killed in a car accident. Leading Las Vegas personal injury attorney, Tim O'Reilly, stresses the importance of seeking legal help in such cases.

"Car accidents can be a devastating experience, both emotionally and financially. The loss of a loved one due to a hit-and-run accident can be particularly traumatic," said O'Reilly. "When such an unfortunate incident occurs, it is crucial to contact a personal injury attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and get you the justice you deserve."

O'Reilly emphasized the importance of acting quickly in such cases. "It is vital to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident. Delaying this action could jeopardize your case and your ability to receive compensation for your losses," he said.

The news report mentioned that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police were able to identify the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run incident with the help of witness statements, broken vehicle parts, and a concerned citizen. O'Reilly stressed the importance of obtaining such evidence in cases of personal injury. "Collecting evidence is crucial in such cases, and it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney to guide you through the process. They can help you gather evidence and build a strong case on your behalf."

The article also mentioned that the accused, Michael Gerald Hughes, was facing multiple charges, including failing to stop at the scene of the accident, failing to provide information, and destroying or concealing evidence. O'Reilly emphasized that the legal system is designed to ensure that those who cause harm to others are held accountable for their actions. "As personal injury attorneys, we are committed to fighting for justice for our clients. We will work tirelessly to ensure that those who are responsible for causing harm are held accountable."

In conclusion, O'Reilly emphasized the importance of seeking legal assistance in cases of personal injury. "If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, it is crucial to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. We will fight for your rights and ensure that you receive the justice and compensation you deserve."

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Timothy O'Reilly
Date Published: January 26, 2022
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