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Coroner ID's bicyclist hit, killed by vehicle in east Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the bicyclist killed over the weekend as William James McCarley, 62, of Las Vegas.

Metro Police officers 

said McCarley was struck by a vehicle around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, near N. Lamb Boulevard and Sunrise Avenue.  It was the second time a bicyclist was hit on that same stretch of road within 12 hours, according to law enforcement.

"It sounded like cars crashing," said Carol Washington, resident.  "There was another bicyclist hit just some feet down the street.  Just right over there," she said as she pointed to the area.

Police said witness statements, along with evidence at the scene, showed MCarley was traveling northbound in the right lane on Lamb Boulevard, when the bicyclist suddenly entered the center lane, and went outside of the left lane and struck a 2008 Dodge Challenger.

The impact caused the bicyclist to be thrown from the bike.

"The pedestrian rolled off of the ground, he hit the car on his head, landed back on the ground. Medical arrived and pronounced him dead on scene," said Sgt. Richard Strader

Officers said the bicyclist wasn't wearing a helmet, and that could have been the difference between life and death. 

"And from the injuries sustained here, had this individual been wearing a helmet he might have walked away from this or he at least would have gone to the hospital," Sgt. Strader said.

The northbound lanes of Lamb Boulevard were closed from Charleston to Sunrise while traffic detectives investigated.

This is the 6th traffic related fatality in LVMPD's jurisdiction in 2015.