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Doris Stoehr's crosswalk dream comes true

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 4/08/2013 8:24 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) Already this year there have been 15 pedestrians who have died on our roads.

This includes 83-year-old great grandmother Doris Stoehr who was killed in January.

Today, a crosswalk was dedicated in her honor near Decatur, between Lake Mead and Vegas Drive. News 3's Denise Rosch was there as the family said "thank you" during the bittersweet ceremony.

“I'm 96 and I've been walking across here for the last 20 years,” said Frannie DeSimone, a friend of Stoehr’s.

Frannie desimone watches a small parade with a smile on her face.

“She's watching us, she's with us right now,” DeSimone said.

Neighbors and friends crossing Decatur in a brand new sidewalk which dedicated to their dear friend -- Doris Stoehr.

Stoehr was a fellow resident of the Las Vegas Manor Senior Complex, who lobbied hard for the mid-block crossing. DeSimone still misses Stoehr every day.

“She would invite me out for breakfast. I said what time? She said: 8 a.m I said, Doris that's too early,” DeSimone says.

In January, Stoehr was hit and killed in this very spot even while plans were already in the works for the crosswalk. Today, family members gathered for a ribbon cutting and to say thank you to city leaders for seeing this project through.

“Hopefully this will save some lives,” said her son Brian Stoehr. “I just want the people of Las Vegas, the drivers of Las Vegas to please be aware of the safety issues and the amount of people crossing these streets and just slow down, pay attention, don’t be in such a hurry.”

Brian Stoehr says while his mother was never after recognition, he's confident she would be pleased with these results.

There are flashing lights, and an improved median to get pedestrians across six lanes of traffic.

“For a small woman, she was huge in stature,” Brian Stoehr says.

Still neighbors say while the crossing certainly helps, many drivers are still flying by as the lights flash. It takes a while for everyone to stop. Further evidence we all need to do a better job when it comes to pedestrian safety.

“That poor Doris,” DeSimone says. “Something happened, that car probably was going too fast for her to see it coming, and…” DeSimone finishes her sentence with a slap of her hands.

It is her memory and name, that will forever hang above the crosswalk. It is a reminder of one woman's campaign and sacrifice, to keep pedestrians on Decatur, that much safer.




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