An elderly Mesa couple attempting to cross the main road in Pahrump, Nev., on Sunday evening were struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle.
Richard L. Kosinski, 74, and Beverly A. Kosinski, 71, died at the scene on state Route 160 about 7 p.m. after being hit by a 2002 Mitsubishi SUV driven by a Pahrump man.
Trooper Kevin Honea of the Nevada Department of Public Safety said the Kosinskis were walking east across the northbound lane of the highway when they crossed into the vehicle’s path.
Evidence made officers believe the accident’s cause was pedestrian error. The dark, poorly lit area did not have a crosswalk, Honea said. He didn’t believe there were firsthand witnesses, and he did not know who called 911.
But Audrey Bayer said she and her husband, Derek, of Pahrump, were driving behind the SUV when it hit the couple. She said she watched the vehicle swerve onto the road’s curb about the time it struck the couple. She described the area as well-lit, located between a casino and a fireworks store, in the middle of town. She said she and her husband called 911.
Honea said the southern command for the Nevada Highway Patrol has already logged 109 traffic fatalities this year.