On World Remembrance Day Survivors and Relatives of Fatal Crash Victims Assemble
By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, November 21, 2022 6:43 am
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) – Survivors and relatives of victims of tragic collisions met across Nevada to remember those who died and those who survived on World Remembrance Day.
The Clark County Government Center’s outdoor event on Sunday night was staged in an intimate environment. Local law enforcement, county officials, and families from around the valley joined together to support one another in the face of an all-too-common occurrence: road fatalities.
“The world knows me as the sole survivor of the car crash that killed nine people,” survivor, Tiffany May said.
May is grateful to be alive after surviving a vehicle accident in North Las Vegas in January. She was one of the speakers on World Remembrance Day on Sunday.
Because of the epidemic, the last Remembrance Day in Las Vegas was celebrated two years ago. However, with so many fatalities on Las Vegas’s roads, the necessity was obvious.
Suzan Smith, a parent who suffered with her own personal sorrow in 2019, said going to the event was difficult but worth it knowing she is not alone.
“On March 25, 2019, Johnny was hit and killed walking home from school. He was 12,” Smith said. “It’s incredibly sad for me, but I go to these so I can lend strength or get some myself.”
The Road Equity Alliance Project’s Director, Erin Breen, was a featured speaker at the events on Sunday. While the aftermath of a traffic fatality is never easy, she believes there is hope for our highways’ future.
“There’s focus now on changing our roads and not just relying on people who are people and human beings and make mistakes so the thought process has finally rolled around to we need to change how we build roads,” Breen said. ” You can change a road to mitigate the inevitable outcome of that crash. I’m so hopeful that I’m not going to be standing here next year talking about us having an increase in fatalities, but a decrease.”
Clark County’s road deaths have increased by 22% since 2010, with Saturday night’s incident on Cheyenne Avenue and Simmons Street marking the 215th fatality of 2022.
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