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Neighbors call for changes at intersection following pedestrian crash
Neighbors are calling for changes at a Las Vegas intersection where police said a pedestrian was struck and seriously injured Wednesday evening. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Neighbors are calling for changes at a Las Vegas intersection where police said a pedestrian was struck and seriously injured Wednesday evening.
Action News first investigated the crossing at Nellis Boulevard and Cedar Avenue in November 2011. Las Vegas police said a man in his 60's was struck in the crosswalk around 5 p.m. Wednesday.
"It's a scary thought that someone may be killed here," said Dan Lord, who sells Christmas trees in a lot at the intersection.
With a school nearby, flashing yellow lights are posted on both sides of Nellis. But Lord said those lights only flash at the beginning and end of the school day. He wants a separate light for the crosswalk.
"I fear for my life everytime I go across here to get something to eat," Lord said.
Las Vegas police have recorded two pedestrian-related crashes at the intersection between December 2011 and December, 2012, spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said. Those numbers do not include Wednesday's crash; Meltzer said the driver in that incident was ticketed. The victim was transported to the hospital. Police said there have not been any fatal pedestrian crashes at the intersection in the last year.
"There are many intersections that we receive a lot of complaints on and, again, when officers do see violations occuring in these areas, they do take enforcement action and write the appropriate citations," Meltzer said.
Police said the number of pedestrian-auto deaths across the valley this year is up 76 percent from last year. Officers said everyone shares the blame.
"Everyone who is out on the roadway, drivers and pedestrians alike, are going to need to pay attention," Meltzer said.
The Nevada Department of Transportation has authority over the road. Spokesman Damon Hodge said the agency considers traffic volume, crashes and an engineering study in deciding where to place lights.
Lord said he plans to request an engineering study.
"We need something changed here," Lord said. "This crosswalk has been here for over 20 years and no one has done anything about it."