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Traffic signal to be installed following Faiss MS student death

Posted at 9:17 AM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 23:21:05-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A new traffic signal will be installed in the area where a 12-year-old Faiss Middle School student was hit by a car and killed earlier this year.

On March 25, 12-year-old Jonathan Smith succumbed to his injuries at the hospital after being hit by a vehicle near Fort Apache Road and Maule Avenue.

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The deadly crash prompted a traffic study of the area.

According to Clark County, the study shows that a new traffic signal is warranted at the intersection of Ft. Apache and Arby Avenue. It's the closest intersection to where Smith was hit.

The county says it will install a new signal there next year, with an expected completion date sometime before summer 2020.

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Commissioner Justin Jones represents Commission District F, which includes this area.

“This new traffic signal will make the area safer for pedestrians and drivers,” Commissioner Jones said.

“It will give pedestrians a safe place to cross Ft. Apache right next to the park, and hopefully prevent any future tragedies. I made a commitment to Jonny’s mother that we would make this intersection safer and that is what we are doing.”

In addition, Commissioner Jones has requested the County Public Works Department review road intersections around other parks to see if any improvements should be made in other areas.