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Crime Tracker 3: Vegas places high in pedestrian deaths

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 5/23/2014 8:03 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A new report places Las Vegas near the top when it comes to the numbers of pedestrians killed on our roadways. 

The "Dangerous by Design Report," partly put on by the AARP, ranks Las Vegas 13th on their "most dangerous list."This Crime Tracker 3 trend looks at the victims not often seen in the headlines -- auto-pedestrian survivors.

Metro's latest numbers show 10 people have died out of all the auto pedestrian accidents this year.

However, 195 people are able to call themselves survivors.

Each case varies in severity, but for Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager, each incident may be life changing.

"From that point on, you're impacted, your family is impacted, when you hearing screeching, an ambulance, its brings it to the forefront," Brager said.

Nearly pinned between the two cars, she doesn't remember the pain of being hit or a lot of the details.

"I caught a glimpse of something, all I could do is raise your hand and say, oh god no and it was over," Brager said.

Family members filled in the gaps.

"My aunt said I didn't know they had red sheets at the hospital. My dad said, they're not red sheets. She's bleeding to death," Brager said.

She managed to come back from the edge of death. She was placed in a body cast, spent four months in the hospital, and needed another year of relearning how to sit up and walk.

"They would say, get a bag of sugar, put it in your purse and lift your leg up, quite frankly, and I was determined, to go from a walker, crutches to walking and go on w/my life and it gave me the strength and courage to do anything," Brager said.

She sees the same strength in other survivors like Brazyl Ward, hit by a driver Halloween night. After extensive therapy, Ward recently celebrated her 7th birthday and was serenaded by the County Commission.

"It gives me Goosebumps, to be able to embrace the mother and to say I’m so happy for you because I know what my mom felt like, my father felt like," Brager said.

As for what she feels today, there is caution, when walking on Las Vegas streets.

“I probably look back and forth five or six times, I have someone that walks with me, if I hear something, so I feel like I’m hypersensitive ,” she said.

There is also gratitude, knowing she's here to tell her tale.

Metro didn’t clarify which accidents were within crosswalks, but there has been a decline from last year.

At this time in 2013, there were 256 pedestrian-involved crashes that could’ve been fatal.

Brager adds street safety comes from all those who use the street -- drivers and pedestrians.


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