Road safety, community impact discussed on six-month anniversary of tragic event that killed local cyclists

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Today marks the six-month anniversary of the December 10, 2020 tragedy where five local cyclists were killed on US 95, near Searchlight.

The Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition (SNVBC), Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones, and family members of victims hosted an event near the memorial for all cyclists to discuss the impact this tragic event had on the community, along with efforts to improve road safety.

They encouraged everyone to be mindful that more than just drivers are on our roads.

“It’s so universal to everybody out there that we’re just trying to say, think. See these, see Angela, listen to the rest of us and keep it in mind before you get behind the wheel to realize that there are people out there that don’t want their or your life ruined for it,” said Pat Treichel, Founder of Ghost Bike

The driver involved in the tragic December crash, Jordan Barson, was sentenced this week. He will spend a minimum of 16 years in prison.

The five local cyclists who lost their lives were:

  • Aksoy Ahmet, 48
  • Michael Murray, 57
  • Gerrard Nieva, 41
  • Erin Ray, 39
  • Tom Trauger, 57

Advocacy work to improve communication with victim’s families following a tragedy will also be discussed.

EVENT ATTENDEES:

  • Commissioner Justin Jones
  • Rob Hutchinson, President, Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition
  • Donna Trauger, wife of Tom Trauger, advocate for improved safety and communication with families in the aftermath of tragedies
  • Angela Ahmet, wife of Aksoy Ahmet, advocate for improved safety and communication with families in the aftermath of tragedies
  • Pat Treichel, Founder, Ghost Bikes Las Vegas

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