One year after trick-or-treater's death, authorities urge Halloween safety

Makayla Zurn

One year after trick-or-treater's death, authorities urge Halloween safety

CREATED Oct. 31, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - One year after a young trick or treater was hit and killed, Metro Police are being extra vigilant about driver and pedestrian safety this holiday.

"Drive safely ok. Be careful of those kids," said Metro Sgt. Chris Curtis as parents dropped their children off at Roy Martin Middle School on Wednesday.

Police are reminding drivers that it's Halloween, and kids will be out and unpredictable.

"Just a reminder that today is Halloween," he said. "Be super careful out there because you know kids dart out into the streets."

Metro Police and Safe Kids Clark County are being proactive this year ahead of Halloween night. They want drivers and pedestrians to be aware of each other on this holiday. Thousands of Valley kids will scour local neighborhoods on foot looking for candy. So drivers should pay extra attention, and trick or treaters should make sure they're seen.

"We don't want any more children lost on Clark County roads. Last year, Faith Love was killed, that's the only child we've ever lost trick or treating," said safety advocate Erin Breen.

Halloween night will never be the same for the family of 12-year-old Faith Love. She was tragically hit and killed by a man speeding down a neighborhood street in Summerlin while under the influence.

"Faith Love and her entourage, they did absolutely nothing wrong, and she still lost her life to an impaired driver." said Breen. "We just want to make sure everyone is following the rules of the road." 

Police will be extra vigilant looking for impaired drivers tonight as well. To make sure last year's tragedy doesn't ever happen again. 

Justin Caramanica, the man who hit and killed Faith Love, is scheduled to be sentenced next week.