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I-Team: Deadly Consequences on Southern Nevada Roads

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Olivia Brandise Olivia Brandise
Teresa Brandise Teresa Brandise
Ventura Amezqua's family members. Ventura Amezqua's family members.

LAS VEGAS -- Already this year there have been 68 deaths on Clark County roads. Last year, the number was around half that. Nevada's leaders don't know why, let alone what to do to fix it.

Why is there's near-record breaking carnage on valley roads and what can the community do to stop the killing?

Teresa Brandise's daughter was often called "Velcro" because she always clung to her mother. Olivia was the kids who wore glasses, not because she needed to, but because she wanted to look like her mom.

Olivia died three years ago at age 15. Her mom says, the driver of the truck she was riding in was showing off. He drove too fast and the truck flipped over.

"She was screaming for her life. Steven and Zack and all of them were screaming at the driver to slow down. They didn't want to die and he kept going faster," said Brandise.

Ventura Amezqua, another victim of the deadly roads, was pushing a shopping cart across Sahara Avenue when she was struck. Police say she made a mistake by crossing after the walking signal ran out of time.

"She's been my grandma since forever. She's always been there for me. I will always miss her," said Oscar Martinez, Amezqua's grandson.

"Folks are calling it an absolute slaughter out there. We are slaughtering our own people on the streets and this has been a record year. I don't understand that. I don't know why people feel lives aren't as precious as they really are," Nevada State Senator Mark Manendo said.

Lawmakers, police, and citizens agree there are too many deaths. They question what is needed and what isn't working.

Police say they enforce laws which aren't upheld in the courts; judges says drivers who are sentenced don't seem to get the message; and engineers design roads that don't always meet the needs of pedestrians and vehicles.

Two years after losing a daughter to a reckless driver, Teresa Brandise nearly lost her own life.

"We were at a stoplight, my boyfriend and I in his car. He looked up and noticed the lady that was coming behind us, her Excursion was not stopping and he had plenty of time to see her texting while she was driving. She didn't brake when she hit us doing about 35-miles-an-hour."

This week, the I-Team will highlight the efforts of an entire city working to stop the killing. There are several ideas out there. Not all of them will work, but some of them may save lives. 

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