In Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago a Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) trooper narrowly escaped what could have been a life-altering – or even life-ending – injury when he avoided being struck by an out-of-control car. The near-miss provides a kind of silver lining for an otherwise unsettling story, and it bears an eerie resemblance to a tragedy that unfolded in Las Vegas in January and another recent incident in Reno. First, let us begin with the facts of the recent incident. According to news reports, the trooper was conducting a traffic stop on U.S.
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.
As the end of October approaches, you may have noticed some spooky changes in your neighborhood. Pumpkins are appearing on doorsteps, cotton spiderwebs lace the local greenery, and children are trying on their costumes and masks for size. Families are visiting corn mazes, and kindergartens are taking their yearly field trip to the local pumpkin patch. Halloween is coming, and preparing for this holiday should involve more than stocking up on fun-sized candy bars.There is some debate as to when it is appropriate to begin and cease trick-or-treating.
By some measures, Nevada’s roads are becoming safer over time. Earlier this year, the state Department of Transportation announced that traffic fatalities fell by almost ten percent from 2016 to 2017.  That same press release acknowledged that pedestrian and cyclist fatalities both rose in the past year. The number of pedestrian deaths rose by nearly one-quarter while 50 percent more cyclists were killed in traffic accidents on Nevada roads than in the year prior. In this respect, Nevada is mirroring the national trend.