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Police Urge Kids to Wear Helmets When Sledding

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Sledding on Mount Charleston. Sledding on Mount Charleston.

LAS VEGAS -- After an 11-year-old girl was killed in a sledding accident on Mount Charleston New Year's Day, Metro Police is urging parents to outfit children with helmets when sledding.

Vanessa Lara and a friend were sledding down a hill when they lost control and suddenly hit a fence. Vanessa, 11, died of head injuries after sledding in the Foxtail Mountain area on Mount Charleston.

Although police officers patrol the area, there is no on-staff security.

"By all means, wear a helmet," Metro Sgt. Andrew Legrow said. "Make sure you have parental supervision and the parents, not from the street, be up there with your child. Being a parent from a distance is not going to prevent injuries."

Gracie Vazquez, out enjoying the mountain snow, said helmets are often overlooked.

"Right now there's a lot of people here and sometimes, because we want to have a good time, we want to enjoy our time off with our families, we don't take the proper precautions that we should," she said. "It's really scary. Things happen so quickly that we just don't realize it."

The snow play area is a public area. According to police and the Clark County Fire Department, many of the calls they respond to are careless accidents.

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