Friends and neighbors mourn the death of 60-year-old man in a crosswalk


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Friends and neighbors mourn the death of 60-year-old man in a crosswalk

By Stacey Gualandi. CREATED Nov 3, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A 60-year-old man named Juge Brooks died after being struck in a crosswalk.  

The impact of his death was felt throughout the neighborhood.  

Many said he was very nice and outgoing and that he knew many in the community.  

An old friend says he used a walker after being hit by a car once before.  

"He was a great man and a great friend.  He walked all the time with that walker," says his longtime friend Willie Haynes.

Residents all said they called him J.B.   For ten years, he would come here to Carey's Mini Market to shop and just hang out. 

Martha Trejo is a cashier at the market.  She says he would come in all the time and sit on a chair in the corner, listen to music and sing.  "He was a loud gentleman but he would entertain us," she added. 

He had just come from the market when police say a car struck him in a marked crosswalk around 7 p.m. Friday night.  Pieces of his walker landed almost a block away.

Just six weeks before and elderly woman in a motorized wheelchair was killed in a crosswalk just one block away.  

Residents here say it's gotten so bad, people ignore the right turn only and use the crosswalk as a lane of traffic.  

"It's scary to watch the cars go straight through because they're too lazy to go two blocks just to make a u-turn," says Courtney Overstreet, who lives next to the intersection.

Many people are now asking how many are going to die before something is done.

"It's dead man street.  That's what I'm going to name it.  Dead man Martin Luther King street.  Too many people getting run over and they won't do nothing about it," says Haynes.  

There will be a meeting held Monday, November 4th, at 3:30p.m. at Booker Elementary to address all of the crosswalk issues.  Many residents said they will be attending.