Las Vegas police are trying to find a woman who allegedly struck and killed a nail salon worker with her vehicle.
The defendant allegedly ran on the salon worker after getting a manicure and trying to leave without paying about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The worker chased after her to prevent her from leaving, police said.
“The victim ran in front of the suspect’s car. The suspect did not stop and struck the victim with the car,” a statement from the police department said.
The victim was identified as Ngoc Q. Nguyen, based on ABC affiliate station KTNV.
Las Vegas Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene prior to authorities, around 4 p.m.. They found the victim about 50 feet from the point of touch, LVMPD homicide Lt. Ray Spencer told ABC News.
The victim was declared dead at University Hospital Las Vegas, authorities said.
The defendant, a 20-year old girl, was driving a black Chevy Camaro — a rental car — that had a broken back window,” Spencer said. The car was discovered abandoned in a nearby housing complex.
It is “a tragic outcome to a $35 theft of service,” Spencer said.
Nguyen’s family produced a GoFundMe page to help pay for the funeral and other costs.
“She’s an extremely hard working single mother of 3 girls… She had been constantly putting in 12-14 hrs a day, 7 days a week to send her daughters to college and to support her mother, siblings, and grandchildren,” the GoFundMe webpage states. “Unfortunately, we lost a selfless soul on Saturday, December 29th, 2018. We miss her very much and will always hold her dear in our hearts and memories.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section by telephone at 702-828-3521, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.