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DMV Worker Picked for Driving Tests Charged With Fatal Hit and Run

Driving Instructor Accused of Hit And Run 1:26

A Las Vegas woman charged with a fatal hit and run is a Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles employee, who was set to start administering driving skills tests, the department told NBC News Friday. Samantha McLeod, 24, was booked at the Clark County Detention Center on a charge of felony hit and run in connection with a collision at 3:24 a.m. Sunday that left a man dead hours earlier.

The man was walking on a Las Vegas road, but not using a crosswalk when a pickup truck hit him, according to a statement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. "The pickup did not stop to render aid or notify police of the collision," the statement said.

McLeod has been working at the Nevada DMV in a customer service role since 2010, according to department spokesman Kevin Malone. She had just been selected to become a "driving skills examiner," and scheduled to start training for the job on Tuesday but was arrested before she started her new role, Malone said. McLeod was off-duty at the time of the accident and is still an "active department employee," Malone said.

McLeod's attorney, Dan Gilliam, told NBC affiliate KSNV that his client "feels terrible for the victim and his family." The victim, 49-year-old Ismael Moreno, was a father of two, KSNV reported.

— Elisha Fieldstadt