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Meeting aimed at making Blue Diamond Road safer

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Crash investigators block off part of Blue Diamond Road at Cimarron Road after three girls were hit while crossing the road on Nov. 9, 2013. (FOX5) Crash investigators block off part of Blue Diamond Road at Cimarron Road after three girls were hit while crossing the road on Nov. 9, 2013. (FOX5)
About 100 people attended a community meeting at Carolyn S. Reedom Elementary Monday night to listen to proposed changes to a dangerous portion of Blue Diamond Road. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5) About 100 people attended a community meeting at Carolyn S. Reedom Elementary Monday night to listen to proposed changes to a dangerous portion of Blue Diamond Road. (Ashley Conroy/FOX5)
Candles are placed by mourners at the intersection of Blue Diamond and Cimarron roads Nov. 14, 2013. (FOX5) Candles are placed by mourners at the intersection of Blue Diamond and Cimarron roads Nov. 14, 2013. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Blue Diamond Road, a street in western Las Vegas plagued by fatal crashes, got the attention of state leaders during a meeting at Carolyn S. Reedom Elementary School Monday night.

Over the weekend, a crash at the intersection of El Capitan Way and Blue Diamond killed one person and injured two more.

Last month and about a mile away, at the intersection with Cimarron Road, three girls were hit while trying to cross the busy road. One of them, Helen Liu, died as a result of the crash. During a candlelight vigil for Liu at the intersection, three cars crashed, but no one was seriously injured.

Julie Davies has lived in the nearby community of Mountain's Edge for seven years. She said she and her husband have had close calls.

"We've almost been hit from behind when we've pulled over to make a left turn, but also from oncoming traffic," she said.

Davies said her heart sinks each time she sees glass on the road.

"It's heartbreaking when I drive through there and I see all the glass on the road. I know something bad has happened, and I see glass too often," she said.

Assemblyman James Healey, D-District 35, and state Sen. Justin Jones, D-Las Vegas, said the problems on Blue Diamond Road can no longer be ignored. The pair is pushing for a lower speed limit and the installation of a traffic light and crosswalk at the Cimarron Road intersection.

"It's really bad. It's always been bad, but it seems to have gotten worse over the last month," Jones said.

The Nevada Department of Transportation at Monday's meeting said it is conducting studies to determine costs for improvements and what the best course of action is, be it additional lights or a pedestrian bridge.

That follows an earlier study by the agency, which concluded the intersection does not meet the criteria for traffic control measures like a traffic light.

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