Bus riders nervous after fatal crash on Spring Mountain

Bus riders nervous after fatal crash on Spring Mountain

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Sep 14, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The writing on the sidewalk helps tell the story.

Four people were killed and eight more injured by a drive under the influence, according to Las Vegas police.

Police say that the driver -- 24-year-old Gary Lee Hosey -- was speeding down Spring Mountain when he lost control, bottomed out, and flew into a bus stop.

Those who survived were taken to trauma centers at University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital.

The accident has other frequent bus riders questioning their safety at stops near busy intersections.

"All morning, nobody felt comfortable, nobody felt safe, nobody even wanted to sit down. Everybody was kind of walking back and forth because they were nervous, I guess," said DeShannon Couch, who rides the bus.

Drivers say people go fast down Spring Mountain.

"People always speeding and going up and down here really fast. This street does have a lot of traffic. It really does, " said Rick Vallalpando.

Police say that the driver is facing four felony charges of driving under the influence.

The driver is currently in serious condition at the hospital and four other people are in critical condition.

Some survivors have been treated and released from the hospital.

A local organization -- STOP DUI -- is calling for action after the fatal crash.

STOP DUI's executive director say that people at bus stops don't have much protection and that needs to change.

The organization would like to have a meeting with the Regional Transportation Commission to discuss additional steps to protect bus riders. 

The RTC has released a statement about the fatal crash that reads in part:

"At the RTC, keeping our passengers safe is our highest priority. In 2008, we adopted new standards for our transit shelters based on a safety study and input from the community. Our newly installed transit shelters are placed behind the sidewalk and approximately five feet from the curb."

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani is the Digital Executive Producer for KTNV.com and writes for Now Trending.