A hitchhiker has become the third Las Vegas massacre survivor to die in a car accident in the weeks following the deadly mass shooting.
Roy McClellan, 52, was killed in a hit and run while walking along State Route 160 in Pahrump – just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada – on November 17.
His death occurred just over a month after California couple Dennis and Lorraine Carver – who were also caught up in the Las Vegas shooting – were killed.
They died when their car crashed outside their gated community in Riverside County, California and burst into flames on October 16.
All three had survived the deadliest US massacre on October 1, when Stephen Paddock opened fire from a Vegas hotel room onto concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival below.
A total of 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured.
Their losses now seem doubly cruel for their families, who were celebrating their survival of the shooting.
Roy’s wife Denise McClellan told KSNV: ‘I don’t understand why he wasn’t taken at the shooting but a month later he was taken this way.
‘I hope my husband found peace and he’s safe now.
She said her husband had begun therapy in the wake of the Vegas shooting and posted a message on Facebook that prior to the fatal accident Roy had ‘stormed off’ after a fight with his friend.
Police have reportedly tracked down the car thought to be involved with the accident and charges are pending.
Denise said she is angry that the person behind the wheel drove off after hitting her husband.
‘I feel that he was under the influence of something or drunk and didn’t want to get caught, so he bailed and left my husband laying there in the street,’ she said.
‘He doesn’t deserve that.’
Her family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Roy’s funeral. It has already raised more than $3,750 (around £2,900).
Mr and Mrs Carver’s 20-year-old daughter Brooke said her parents had grown even closer following the shooting.
During the onslaught, her father, 52, is said to have jumped on top of his wife, 53, to shield her from the bullets.
‘After the shooting, they heard from all of the people they cared about most. They were so happy,’ Brooke told reporters.
‘We were so relieved when they got out of the shooting alive.
‘But I also think we’ve been given little pieces of them that we would’ve never gotten if the shooting hadn’t happened right before they died.
‘The last two weeks of their lives were really just spent living in the moment.’
The couple had been together for 22 years but only married in 2010 because they wanted their two daughters to be witnesses.