By Kelsey Givens
One woman was airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital after she was struck from behind by an alleged drunk driver while walking down Manse Road Wednesday night.
Terrance McCloskey was arrested after police discovered through their investigation that he had allegedly hit Theressa Whitt, while she was walking with her daughter on Manse Road near Pahrump Valley Boulevard around 7:04 p.m.
According to a declaration of arrest in the case, a Nye County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the area for a report of a hit and run incident involving a truck striking a pedestrian.
When the deputy arrived on scene, she found a woman lying in the desert to the north of Manse Road. The woman, later identified as Whitt, was bleeding from her head, but was conscious.
The daughter then told the deputy that an older model white dually truck struck her mother from behind before taking off.
Soon after the officer had arrived at the scene, an anonymous caller gave police a tip on the identity of the driver, which led the investigation to a residence in the 1200 block of Casey Road. Here police made contact with McCloskey.
At first McCloskey allegedly told police he had gone to the store and come straight home earlier that evening.
After getting his permission, police then went to look at his truck, which was parked inside the garage of his residence.
The truck reportedly had damage to both the passenger-side headlight as well as the passenger-side mirror. Deputies reportedly saw the passenger-mirror was folded in towards the truck, and shards of the broken mirror were seen lying on the floorboard and seat in the truck.
Police then began speaking with McCloskey further about his truck, and noticed that his speech was slurred and he smelled of an unknown alcoholic beverage.
McCloskey then allegedly asked to be placed in handcuffs telling officers, “I deserve to be in handcuffs.”
After being read his Miranda rights, McCloskey allegedly told police he had driven a friend home and as he was returning to his own residence, struck a woman from behind on Manse Road.
McCloskey was then placed under arrest for DUI, failure to report an accident and failure to render aid and transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody.
Whitt was airlifted from the scene by Mercy Air to a Las Vegas area hospital. Her condition is unknown at this time.