Las Vegas police meeting Monday to discuss pedestrian deaths


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Las Vegas police meeting Monday to discuss pedestrian deaths

By Denise Wong. CREATED Nov 18, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas Metropolitan police officers will be meeting Monday to talk about what they can do to put a stop to all the pedestrian deaths in the Las Vegas Valley.

Another pedestrian was killed Sunday night as she crossed the street on South Cimarron Drive.

It was the 94th traffic-related death in the valley for this year.

In Sunday night's incident, police officers said a 33-year-old female was crossing Cimarron when a vehicle traveling north on Cimarron struck her.

The driver turned around and came back to the scene after striking the woman. The driver stayed on the scene until emergency personnel arrived.

But it was too late. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they do not believe the driver was speeding or impaired at the time and the pedestrian was crossing in the dark.

Police said they are running out of ideas on how to get drivers and pedestrians to be more careful.

"I can't stress enough how important it is for our pedestrians to use those intersections and crosswalks and lights that are there for them to cross safely instead of thinking, 'It's not gonna happen to me, and then it happens to them,'" said Sgt. Richard Strader. "We're trying to figure out what we can do as a bureau and as a department to curb this problem that we're having and, you know, we're looking for ideas."

They will be meeting Monday to brainstorm on ways to get a handle on the problem. One plan under consideration is to start issuing more tickets to jaywalkers.