Pedestrian in Wheelchair Struck, Killed by Bus Earlier this month, while many were enjoying their weekend evenings, a woman in a motorized wheelchair was killed when she was struck by a Regional Transportation Commission bus in North Las Vegas. The incident occurred around 6pm at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard North and Civic Center Drive. It appears that the woman was crossing the street in the crosswalk when she was struck by the bus and was subsequently trapped under the front left tire of the bus. The woman, who was only 28 years old, died at the scene.
This past weekend was Presidents’ Day Weekend, an oddity of the calendar that presents its own unique combination of risks of personal injury. During this late-winter reprieve from the daily grind of the new year, Nevadans eager to hit the slopes may end up getting more than they bargained for. The history of Presidents’ Day is quite fascinating. Many know that it has something to do with the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two of the nation’s most important presidents. That is true, but the history is even more complicated – and interesting.
To the chagrin of many and the elation of a loyal fanbase, the New England Patriots are NFL champions yet again. While their achievement is remarkable, the low-scoring capstone game was none too exciting. But disappointed fans will be fortunate if all they have to complain about is the lackluster performance. Every year around a month into the new year, Americans gather around the television for a time-honored tradition.
Emergency/911 operators in Phoenix, Arizona recently received a shocking call from a local long-term care nursing facility. The nurse on the other end of the line was frantic. It was January 11, and a patient at the nursing home had just given birth to a baby boy – the child was not breathing. “The baby’s turning blue. We need someone now!” the caller shouted. “We had no idea she was pregnant. We were not prepared for it.”  The nurse was given instructions in infant CPR and the baby began crying shortly after.
Early Friday morning, at approximately 4:20 in the morning, Nevada Highway Patrol responded to an accident at the intersection of Fortune Drive and Highway 50 in Dayton, Nevada. A subsequent investigation found that a 2000 Audi S4 sedan was being driven west on Highway 50 at a high rate of speed. The driver, who was suspected of being impaired with drugs or alcohol (or possibly both), presumably lost control of the vehicle and drove into the center median. He struck a reflective sign and several marker posts before rotating across both westbound lanes.
For the past month and a half, Americans have navigated the longest government shutdown in the history of this nation. On December 22, it became evident that a crisis was at hand. A spending bill needed to be passed in order to keep the government open and functioning. President Trump demanded billions of dollars to fund his border wall (a campaign promise he is keen to keep), but lawmakers, especially Democrats, refused to accept any government spending on a measure they considered wasteful. The shutdown continued over the holidays, with no likely compromise in sight.
The winter often brings foul weather and tricky road conditions, including rain, low light and sometimes even snow to Nevada roadways. This leads to more hazardous driving conditions due to the elements. Coupled with Nevada's large tourist contingent that may not be familiar with the area, accidents seem to swell during this time of the year and whether it’s a distracted local or an overwhelmed tourist, many of the folks behind the wheel these days are potential hazards.
This past Monday marked the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, often referred to as MLK Day. MLK Day is a federally recognized holiday in the United States commemorating the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most famous leaders of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968, and MLK Day was signed into law by President Reagan in 1983 (it was first observed three years later). Some states resisted the holiday initially, and it wasn’t until the year 2000 that all 50 states celebrated the holiday.
Last Monday, it was reported that two bodies were recovered near Topaz Lake, which is on the California-Nevada border southeast of Carson City. Both victims were men from the Sparks, Nevada area, who had drowned over the weekend in a boating accident. They were later identified as Bert Pederson (45 years old) and Jesse Gregory (50 years old). A third man, Scott Wise, survived the accident, and was treated and then released from the Carson Valley Medical Center.
Once the ball has dropped and the champagne has been finished, many treat the new year as a time to reflect on the past and set intentions for the coming year. More than half of adults make resolutions at the new year. New Year’s resolutions can range from simple behavioral shifts, like making the bed each morning, to major life changes involving body, career, or relationships.