Five feet could have made the difference between life and death for four Las Vegans at a bus stop last September. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman on Monday said the city will spend $1 million to make bus shelters safer.
A day doesn't go by that Zakiya Corner doesn't think about the worst day of her life.
"Just losing innocent people that were just there to take the bus stop to provide for their families," said Corner. "They didn't do anything wrong. They're gone and they are not here."
Corner was among the seven injured when a Chevy Monte Carlo struck her bus stop. She survived with a broken leg and was in a neck brace for weeks. She was relieved when she heard the city was taking steps to make stops safer.
"If I had seen that tragedy," said Mayor Goodman, "I would have thought yes, just setting it back further may have precluded anybody from being injured or being killed. It was a horrible, horrible day."
The bus shelter at Spring Mountain Road and Decatur Boulevard is among up to 200 that Mayor Goodman said could be fixed under the city's safety initiative. She'll need the cooperation of businesses and homeowners, who will need to give up extra space.
"My plea is anybody who owns that extra five feet, donate it, please," said Mayor Goodman. "We are all here for each other. This is a community. We want to be safe."
Corner agrees, but she wishes the problem had been fixed sooner.
"It's saving lives," said Corner. "If you could just imagine if they had already done that how many lives would have been saved. I think it's important."
Priority will be given to the bus stops with the most passengers. It will also be based on the amount of traffic and the speed limit in the area. As for the bus stop at Spring Mountain and Decatur, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is working with the property owner to have a new bus stop put in the place of the old one.
The RTC plans to unveil a new study on bus stop safety at its commission meeting on Thursday.
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Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:48:57 GMT
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