Councilman remembers woman killed crossing street
Thursday, Councilman Ricki Barlow and members of Doris Stoehr's family released balloons in honor of the 83-year old woman who died one month ago. She had been trying to cross Decatur between Lake Mead and Vegas Boulevard when she was hit. This week, Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Thursday, Councilman Ricki Barlow and members of Doris Stoehr's family released balloons in honor of the 83-year old woman who died one month ago. She had been trying to cross Decatur between Lake Mead and Vegas Boulevard when she was hit. This week, construction began on a crosswalk so other residents won't have to take the chance she did.
"She'd be very grateful that the city council came through with this project," says Doris' son Brian.
Doris and other residents of Las Vegas Manor had approached Councilman Barlow about the need for a crosswalk last year, but getting it approved took time.
"When you're dealing with tax dollars, you have to go through the process of doing the research, seeing if the crosswalk is warranted," says Barlow.
That's followed by a design phase, finding funding, and scheduling with Public Works.
Since the crosswalk is being installed in the place where Doris was killed, the councilman announced he will be naming it in her honor. Doris Stoehr's children say they're touched by that.
"It's a tragic event but we're hoping through it all, it'll save other lives."
Councilman Barlow, who lost his own mother in an auto accident, agrees.
"I just wish that things were different," he says. "I'm hoping this will be the last tragedy here or on any roadway for pedestrians."