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Reflecting on deadly bus stop crash, one year later

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A bus stop crash on Sept. 13, 2012 killed four and injured several more. (FOX5 file) A bus stop crash on Sept. 13, 2012 killed four and injured several more. (FOX5 file)

One year ago, four people were killed and several others were injured when a speeding car crashed into a crowded bus stop on Spring Mountain and Decatur. Friends and family of the victims hope drunken drivers stay off the roads as a busy holiday weekend begins in Las Vegas.

The accident happened the morning of Sept. 13, 2012. Police arrested Gary Hosey, who told police he had been drinking before he lost control of his car and drove into a bus shelter.

A year later, the bus stop is operating once again. Annette Burns catches the bus there every day, and was friends with one of the women who died in the accident.

"I just hope a car doesn't run up on the sidewalk like it did a year ago. I'm hoping it doesn't happen to me or my kids," Burns said. She was at the bus stop hours before the crash happened, and since then she wonders "what if that was us? How would my family be feeling right now?"

Sandy Heverly with STOP D.U.I. says the victims' families have a long road ahead of them as they try to move past their pain.

"One year is just the blink of an eye. It was still very fresh, very traumatizing, very painful," Heverly said. Heading into a holiday weekend, she calls the anniversary of the accident a tragic reminder of the damage one bad decision can cause when someone drinks and drives.

"One year ago today, it wasn't a holiday, but I tell you what, it was a special day for those victim's family members when they were told their loved ones were killed," Heverly said. She's helping some of those family members prepare victim impact statements to read in court when Hosey is sentenced for felony drunken driving in November.

Meanwhile, the Regional Transportation Commission says new bus shelters are now installed five feet behind sidewalks for safety. A spokesperson says that can't happen at the stop on Decatur and Spring Valley where the accident happened because the RTC hasn't been able to get permission from the property owner.

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