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Local bus stop gets makeover after deadly crash that killed 4

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Local bus stop gets makeover after deadly crash that killed 4

By Stacey Gualandi. CREATED May 13, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A local bus stop at Spring Mountain Road and Decatur Boulevard is the same place where four people died more than a year and a half ago, when a drunk driver plowed into the stop.  

On Tuesday, the community unveiled a new bus stop that will be safer for locals.

It was all made possible by the community, Regional Transportation Commission, Safe Community Partnership and County Commissioner Susan Brager. They made the announcement at a press conference.

In September 2012, the bus stop was the scene of a horrific crash when an impaired driver traveling at about 100 miles per hour, lost control and ran into the bus stop.

The driver killed 4 people and injured 8 others.

Efforts have been underway ever since to make the bus stop, which services hundreds of people a day, safer.

The private owner of the property made it possible by donating 10-feet of space to accommodate two shelters and also a ramp that is going to be built for disabled people. 

While it took almost two years for this come to fruition, the RTC's Carl Scarborough said, "If you move a shelter five feet behind the sidewalk, you're going to avoid 80 percent of all roadway crashes."

For many who lost loved ones that day in 2012, the news is bittersweet. 

Sarah Leal, who lost her friend Johnni Lee Garner, released a statement that reads in part, "I'm glad to hear but sad that it took multiple people getting killed to make change. It does nothing to fix what happened."

Rudolph Cooley's fiance also died in the crash. He wished it could have happened sooner.

"At last it's being done and it's a forward step and hopefully something positive. The families can get some kind of closure knowing that this won't happen again in the future to anybody else." 

The two shelters and the ramp for the disabled are expected to be completed by the end of June.