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Bicyclist hit, killed by dump truck in 5th fatal crash of the weekend

Officers with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police responded to the third fatal crash in less than 24 hours on Sunday night.

The crash was the fifth involving a fatality since Saturday morning.

At 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 13, police responded to a crash at Desert Inn Road and Swenson Street between a vehicle and a bicycle.

According to Lt. Bret Ficklin with Metro's traffic section, a large commercial dumpster truck and the bicyclist were traveling southbound on Joe W. Brown before Desert Inn in the right lane. Police identified the bicyclist as a 48-year-old woman from Las Vegas.

The dump truck turned right to go westbound on Desert Inn and the bike may have tried to pass. Metro Police said the bicyclist struck the right front tire of the truck before it overturned. The truck continued turning and rolled over the bicycle and the woman.

The truck driver, identified by police as 36-year-old Michael Valesquez, brought the truck to a stop and remained at the scene, Metro Police said.

Medical personnel transported the woman to Sunrise Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

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