Jaywalking continues at site of double fatal pedestrian crash


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Jaywalking continues at site of double fatal pedestrian crash

By Bryan Callahan. CREATED Aug 2, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- As Las Vegas Metropolitan Police continue to search for a hit-and-run driver who killed two pedestrians near the Rio, traffic safety advocates are trying to warn people about the dangers of jaywalking.

In just half an hour Erin Breen, with the Vulnerable Road Users Project, along with our cameras watched nearly 100 people jaywalk in the same section where the pedestrians were killed Friday night. In some cases it was monkey see, monkey do.

"Sadly people were hot-wired to take the path of least resistance," Breen said.

All day our crew watched a steady stream of people jaywalk across the section to save the time it would take to walk to the intersection at Flamingo. So we decided to see how much time they are saving.

It took 3 minutes, 36 seconds and in just that same tip 4 other people jaywalked.

"I was born in the city, if you don't know how to cross the street you shouldn't live in one," one man said.

After watching the activity, Breen said she already has some ideas of changes she would like to see implemented to make the road between the Rio and Gold Coast safer.

"There is a ton of pedestrians and because of that entryway right there that says this is a place for pedestrians to cross the street, we are giving people the impression it is safe for you to cross here, and it is not safe in any way shape or form for you to cross here," Breen said.

Breen is planning to take here concerns to managers at the casinos.

As for the hit-and-run, LVMPD believes the car involved was a dark-colored Nissan sedan and is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

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Bryan Callahan joined the Action News team as a general assignment reporter in August of 2013.