LAS VEGAS -- After a 14-year-old girl was hit and killed by a car at an increasingly busy intersection, two of her classmates are taking to the streets in hopes of bringing a crosswalk to their neighborhood.
Thursday afternoon, the Nevada Department of Transportation announced it has requested a study to put a new traffic signal at the intersection of Blue Diamond and Cimarron roads.
It was near that intersection that Helen Liu was struck and killed Saturday, Nov. 9 as she and friends crossed Blue Diamond Road. Family and friends are now coming together Thursday night for a vigil.
Two of Liu's classmates are going door to door asking for help to make their neighborhood safer. Keelin Campbell, 12, is trying to make a difference one signature at a time. She and her friend, Kelsey Rowan, are both seventh graders at Canarelli Middle School. They have started a petition asking state officials to approve a marked crosswalk at the corner of Blue Diamond and Cimarron.
Right now, there's nothing to warn drivers of pedestrians. There is no traffic signal and no stop sign.
"I found out on Monday that it was Helen and I was very upset because she was one of my friends," Campbell said.
She has collected 30 signatures in the past 24 hours. Her mother hopes her daughter's effort will make a difference, especially as their southwest community keeps growing.
"It's dark, people drive so fast on that street," said Robin Sullivan, Keelin's mother.
There have been 10 fatalities on Blue Diamond Road since the beginning of the year; four of them involved pedestrians. The fatalities have doubled since 2012. The Nevada Highway Patrol encourages pedestrians to be extra cautious.
"You can make sure the car stops, make eye contact. Be patient, nothing out there worth losing your life for," NHP Trooper Loy Hixon said.
It's an a lesson Keelin has learned firsthand after losing her friend and classmate.
"She was very nice, very pretty, and one of the kindest people you would ever meet," Campbell said.
Currently the closest traffic signal is about a half-mile away and the closest crosswalk is more than a mile away.
There is no word on when the traffic study will begin.
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