Deadly crash in NLV raises safety concern for pedestrians at 5th and Centennial

LAS VEGAS - A deadly crash in North Las Vegas earlier this week has raised concerns about pedestrian safety in the area.  Fourteen-year-old Elijah Coggins died, and his friend was seriously injured when they were hit by a car walking home from school near the intersection of N. 5th Street and Centennial Parkway. 

Parts of that area are still underdeveloped, and there aren't any sidewalks.  After 8 News NOW's report on the accident, viewers took to Facebook to sound off about that intersection, the temporary traffic lights, and other dangers.

The City of North Las Vegas says permanent traffic signals are going to go up at the intersection of N. 5th Street and Centennial Parkway.  According to the city, the plan was in the works before the deadly crash involving the teens and a wrong way driver.

Residents in the area said they weren't shocked by what happened.

"Unfortunately, it doesn't surprise me cause I've had a few close calls myself," said Marissa Mattey, parent.

About two miles south of the accident scene, another teenage girl was struck walking home from school in 2015. The teen was struck and killed by a drunk driver.

There is about 50-feet of sidewalk where the girl lost her life, and then, there's dirt on both ends.

"A lot of cars are going fast, but I normally pull to the side so I won't like, so nothing happens to me," teenager Rebecca Hernandez said.

In both cases, the teenagers were walking in undeveloped areas.  It's unclear if a sidewalk would have prevented the crashes or the severity.

"The cars should be more careful," Hernandez said. "They should just build another sidewalk here so people could walk safely."

North Las Vegas Police say the area of the latest pedestrian death is not a high crash area, but Councilman Richard Cherchio says it is an area of concern.

According to Cherchio, he's aware of the undeveloped areas, but there isn't much he can do aside from putting in temporary asphalt in some intersections.  Commercial and housing developers are responsible for sidewalks when building from the ground up.

"The undeveloped dirt lots definitely need some sidewalks," Mattey said.

Councilman Cherchio says he's looking into a temporary sidewalk where the boys were struck this week. He says he's also waiting for a police report to learn more about what caused the crash.

  


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