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Man in Wheelchair Dies After Hit by School Bus

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LAS VEGAS -- An 81-year-old man who was traveling in a wheelchair has died after being hit by a school bus, according to Metro Police.

The crash happened just before noon near Maryland Parkway and Reno Avenue as the man in the wheelchair entered a crosswalk. As the school bus turned onto Maryland, it hit the man, the police said.

The elderly man in the wheelchair was taken to Sunrise Hospital Trauma, where he was later declared dead. There were no students on the bus at the time of the crash, police said.

Denise Breeze was on her way home when she saw the crash aftermath and the demolished wheelchair. Unless something is done soon, she said it's only a matter of time before it happens again.

"You never know who could be in a crosswalk and seconds later your life is taken," Breeze said. "It could happen to anybody, but a school bus driver running over somebody shouldn't be driving a school bus."

Erin Breen with UNLV's Safe Community Partnership said crosswalks are dangerous for several reasons. The speed on the road increases near the crosswalk and crosswalks up Maryland Parkway have slowed traffic, making drivers impatient.

"Every cross walk in Las Vegas is dangerous, but this one is on a higher scale than some others," Breen said. "The pedestrian is literally on their own in this crosswalk."

The Clark County School District released this statement after the crash.

"We are saddened by the news of this terrible tragedy. The Clark County School District extends our deepest sympathy to the victim and his family. Safety is always our top priority and we will fully cooperate in the investigation of this matter," interim Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

This is the 36th traffic-related death in Metro's jurisdiction this year.

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