Family of girl hit by car on Lone Mountain Road wants change


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Family of girl hit by car on Lone Mountain Road wants change

By Jacqui Heinrich. CREATED Feb 15, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The family of a young girl hit while crossing a Las Vegas Valley road two years ago is now raising awareness about the dangers of unmarked intersections since she has succumbed to her injuries.

18-year-old Aleasha Billing would have graduated from Mojave High School this year. Instead, her parents are celebrating her short life and trying to spare other families the pain they've endured.

"The hardest part is knowing that I won't hear her voice," Mike Billing, Aleasha's father, told Action News.

On Saturday, friends and family gathered at the scene of the crash that put Aleasha into a coma then rehab for the last two years of her life.

It was the day after Thanksgiving in 2011 when she was struck while crossing a dark, unmarked intersection at Lone Mountain near El Capitan.

"Two years, two months, six days she fought. She fought hard," said Carrie Billing, Aleasha's mother.

After brain surgery in January, Aleasha rapidly deteriorated and passed away. "I think for her it's a win. She was in pain, she was hurting, she was frustrated. She couldn't get up and walk, she couldn't play with her dog, so it was a win for her. For our family and friends, it was a loss," Carrie Billing said of her daughter's death.

The Billing family is determined to make their loss somebody else's gain. They've donated Aleasha's tissue, corneas, and heart valves to enable others in need of transplants to live on, in addition to lobbying hard to spare other families the same pain. "My family, in honor of Aleasha, will be fighting for a street light on this corner," Carrie Billing said.

The family also has one message for the public, "Tell your children you love them every day. You don't get a second chance."

A funeral is planned for later this month.

Jacqui Heinrich

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Jacqui Heinrich is currently an Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter for Action News.