Crosswalk improvements finished where young girl was killed
Safety improvements have been finished at a North Las Vegas intersection where three young girls were hit by a car last fall.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Safety improvements have been finished at a North Las Vegas intersection where three young girls were hit by a car last fall.
One of those girls was six-year-old Mia Decker; she died from her injuries.
Since then, Mia's mother, Michele Terry, has been actively involved in making changes at that crosswalk. This week, she had her wish.
The crosswalk improvements are complete at Bent Arrow Drive and Camino Eldorado, where Mia was killed by an elderly driver last October.
"It's really in honor of my daughter. It's who she was and who she continues to be, even though she's not physically here with us," said Michele.
The accident grabbed the attention of Valley residents and inspired Action News to start it's "Be Smart. Be Safe." crosswalk campaign.
Since Mia's death, Michele has dedicated her time to make drivers more aware and bring much-needed changes to the crosswalk where Mia died.
New signs with flashing lights are now in plain view.
"Everybody's gotten involved because of this, because of our tragedy. And you see so many now that are happening, that can be preventable," said Michele.
Even with overwhelming support, Mia's death has been too difficult for her family. They're leaving Las Vegas for Washington, D.C. in June.
Still, Michele knows she, and Mia, are leaving behind a legacy that will benefit generations to come.
"I just want to thank everybody who's stepped up and really helped us out with his. You've made a lot of dreams come true for a lot of people."
Michele hopes to continue her work on pedestrian safety in Washington, D.C. by making phone calls and sending testimony for bills in the upcoming state legislative session.