Deadly weekend on Southern Nevada roads

Marco Villarreal

Deadly weekend on Southern Nevada roads

CREATED Apr. 15, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A string of deadly accidents this weekend has left six families grieving and law enforcement scratching their heads.

It seems to be a tough job this year for authorities in southern Nevada; keeping motorists and pedestrians alive. Part of the problem they say is that people aren't paying attention to their message.

"The cars, they don't even stop. I have a sign. You know the orange thing or the flag, and the cars they don't stop for you," says Carmen Ramento.

She commutes along the same road a 7-year-old boy was seriously hurt Saturday afternoon as he tried to cross the street. He was outside a marked crosswalk.

"We need more protection because a lot of people are going to get hurt, and we don't want to get hurt," says Ramento.

Several people were hurt or killed this past weekend in the Las Vegas valley starting Friday when 63-year-old Theresa Alvarez was killed by a car that veered off the road and hit her while on a side walk.

Saturday morning in the northwest, two teens drove into a palm tree, killing the passenger and seriously hurting the driver.

Saturday night, another pedestrian was killed in Laughlin as he tried to cross the street outside a marked crosswalk.

Hours later in Summerlin, a husband and wife died when their car burst into flames after getting hit by another car.

"Of all the surrounding neighbors they were the easiest to speak with, and they had a big heart," says Ryan Vega, the couples' next door neighbor.

Then Sunday morning, one more man died when his SUV rolled over in Laughlin.

In total, 6 people were killed and 2 seriously injured from traffic accidents this weekend. Law enforcement doesn't know what else they can do to protect citizens on the road.

"This isn't going to stop until we have pedestrians crossing in crosswalks where they should be crossing, and drivers paying attention to their surroundings on the roadway," says Officer Chrissie Coon with North Las Vegas Police.

"So many kids are going to get killed. A lot of parents need to be aware that your child needs to learn to do the crosswalk, because if you don't, you're going to wind up, you're going to be burying your child," says Ramento.

According to Nevada Department of Transportation, 69 people have died in traffic accidents so far this year in the state of Nevada.

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