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Wet‘n’Wild fundraiser for Las Vegas boy killed by car

Posted at 7:49 AM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 11:43:00-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A fundraiser is being held for the family of a Las Vegas valley boy who was killed by a car while leaving school in March.

12-year-old Jonny Smith was killed after being hit by a car along Fort Apache near Maule.

He was a student at Faiss Middle School.

His death rocked the community, bringing out hundreds came out to remember him at a memorial.

Now, the community is coming together once again with the hopes of preventing another tragedy.

“We hope to talk to a lot of kids and their parents about what the rules are,” says Erin Breen is with UNLV’s Vulnerable Road User’s Project.

They’re partnering up with Wet‘n’Wild water park to hold a fundraiser for Jonny’s family as they try to heal.

They also want to keep folks in the community safe.

“This particular location has a year round issue of people streaming across a very fast street, anytime there’s a tragedy we want to come out and try to mitigate that problem.”

In addition to the hopes of collecting donations for the Smith family, organizers hope to give tips and advice on how to be a safe pedestrian and driver.

“What I want to see happen is that we plan for these things before they happen so we aren’t in this situation.”

Wet ’n Wild will donate one dollar from each ticket sold Wednesday to Jonny’s GoFundMe page.

The event is happening from from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.