Crosswalk being installed at site of fatal pedestrian crash
It's been several weeks since an elderly woman was killed while crossing a street that has a reputation for being dangerous.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's been several weeks since an elderly woman was killed while crossing a street that has a reputation for being dangerous.
Now, the city is taking steps to make it safer for the people living at a senior living complex.
"Hooray! We're getting a crosswalk," expressed Frances Desimone.
The residents at Las Vegas Manor have reason to celebrate. Construction work began for a crosswalk on Decatur between Lake Mead and Vegas Drive.
In January, Doris Stoehr was hit and killed while crossing this section of Decatur. She was outside of a marked crosswalk.
Last year, Stoehr and other senior residents campaigned to have the city install a crosswalk in the area; the exact spot where she was killed.
"I was crossing the street three times a week, and now since that girl got killed, I'm not doing it anymore," said Desimone.
Residents said the closest crosswalk is several hundred yards away, on either end of the street, forcing some to make a dangerous decision.
Councilman Ricki Barlow said this crosswalk can't make up for the loss of Stoehr, but it's a step in the right direction for residents, "At this point, we are continuing to move forward to make sure that the safety of all residents, of the City of Las Vegas, is looked after."
Barlow plans to hold a ribbon cutting at the crosswalk when it's finished, and hopes to have it dedicated in Stoehr's name.