Residents want change at intersection of fatal wheelchair crash
Residents near Maryland Parkway and Reno are calling for changes after a school bus struck and killed a man in a wheelchair this week.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A man in a wheelchair has died after being hit by a school bus. Now, others in the community are calling for changes at that dangerous intersection before someone else is killed.
A record pace is being set for traffic fatalities in Metro's jurisdiction alone, 36 people have been killed on local streets.
Some locals believe the latest tragedy could have been prevented, saying the intersection is a dangerous one, and unless flashing lights or a traffic signal are put in, pedestrians will continue to be put at risk.
On Thursday, an 81-year-old man in a motorized wheelchair died at the intersection of Reno and Maryland Parkway. He was hit by a school bus even though he was in a marked crosswalk.
"Doesn't make sense. Somebody died because another person didn't pay attention," said one neighbor in the area.
The details of the crash are still under investigation.
The Clark County School District released a statement saying safety is their top priority and they'll cooperate fully in the investigation.
But residents who live in the area are frustrated, because they say not enough is being done to protect them when they're on foot.
In late 2011, Metro held an enforcement event at the intersection, dressing up in a giant cone costume to catch the attention of drivers, and ticketing those who didn't yield to pedestrians.
Action News asked officers about having to respond to a deadly crash in a place where they've tried to make a difference before.
"It just goes to tell you that it can happen anywhere. There's no actual pattern to what we see happen with these auto pedestrian collisions in our Valley. What we do know is that it's everyone's responsibility to be safe," said Sgt. Richard Strader, Metro.