Neighbors react to fatal Maryland and Katie crash that killed 4-year-old

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The coroner has identified the 4-year-old killed in an auto-pedestrian crash Monday night.

The cause of death is pending for Abdulwahab Noori of Las Vegas.  The 4-year-old was one of four people who were hit around 6:30 p.m. on Monday while crossing the road near Maryland Parkway and Katie Avenue.

Noori’s mother was also injured, along with a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old child. 

“I saw a lot of police; I saw a stroller, and it was just a crazy scene for four people that got run over,” said Adriana Perez, witness to the crash.

The two children are expected to survive, but the mother is in extremely critical condition, according to police.

“The pedestrian has the right of way,” said Erin Breen, of the transportation research center at UNLV.” 

However, those rules may not have been followed when 74-year-old Manuel Frias hit the pedestrians with his1995 Dodge Ram 1500.  Frias stayed on scene and did not show any signs of impairment.

 “There’s two different pedestrian signs they are the bright strong yellow signs: The first one is a warning sign and the second actually has the arrow that says ‘here’s where you should expect to see a pedestrian and that driver did not do that,” Breen said.

The tragic death has really upset residents in the area.  Some are calling for  change in the area.

“It made me really sad and upset, angry as well because I have a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old so I feel like I’m their family.”

“It’s still hard to sometimes cross because people don’t pay attention or they’re ignorant to the fact that we have right of ways,” said Helena Harris, resident who lives in the area.  “It’s really bad right here.”

“There is a street light right over this crosswalk, but one of the problems is that street lights are meant to light the road for cars not meant to light pedestrians,” said Breen. 

“If the public isn’t getting sick and tired of children losing their lives, and coming together to change the erratic and disgusting driving behaviors that are a part of our community, I don’t know what else we can do,” said Capt. Farese.

Noori’s death marks the 114th traffic-related fatality in Metro’s jurisdiction so far this year.

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