Wet’N’Wild, community hold fundraiser for family of boy killed by car

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Changes could soon come to a troubled intersection in the southwest part of the valley.

Three weeks ago, 12-year-old Jonathon Smith died after he was struck by a car at S. Fort Apache Road and W. Maule Avenue. Jonny as he was called,  was killed March 25 as he crossed Fort Apache Road near Faiss Middle School. 

Police said he was outside of a marked crosswalk. Another 12-year-old, Jonny’s friend was also injured in the crash.

Parents have been calling for a crosswalk in the area, and they may be one step closer to getting their wish.  Since the boy’s death, Clark County has been conducting a traffic study in the area. 

As the county works to figure that out, others are doing their part to remember Jonny.

On Wednesday, Wet’N’Wild, which is located near the area where Jonny was hit, donated $1 to his family’s GoFundMe page from every admission’s ticket sold. 

“Las Vegas is ever expanding, right? So, here in the Southwest as we continue to expand outwards, has the infrastructure kept up,” asked Justin LuCore, the general manager of Wet’N’Wild.  “We’ve got one dollar of every ticket sold today kicking back to the family to help to continue to educate the cause that we are all here to talk about today.”

Erin Breen and her team with UNLV’s Vulnerable Road User’s Project gave away reflective wristbands that can be seen by drivers some 700-feet away.

“No one gets off the hook on the responsibility to this,” Breen said. “Today, my message to parents is to teach your children the safety rules; know the routes they take, check on them often and remind them every single day.”

Jonny’s untimely death was a stark and heartbreaking reminder of the importance of road safety.

“She’s like you gotta look both ways mom, and I’m like okay,” one parent said! She makes sure she has my hand.”

“It’s a very popular park, and we intend to grow the attendance here,” said  LuCore. “With the summer months here and the sheer volume of traffic, it makes it a concern to everyone in the area.”

So far this year, there have been 20 pedestrian fatalities in the Las Vegas valley.

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