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6-year-old in crosswalk dies after struck by elderly driver

Memorial grows for North Las Vegas girl

KSNV coverage of the death of 6-year-old Amelia Decker who was hit Friday in a North Las Vegas crosswalk, Oct. 24, 2011.

A 6-year-old girl, one of three young girls stuck by a car Friday in North Las Vegas, has died.

The three girls were taken to University Medical Center Trauma after a 78-year-old driver hit them in a crosswalk on Camino Eldorado, near Tropical Parkway, said North Las Vegas Police.

One of the girls has been released from UMC and the other remains in critical condition, police said.

According to a Facebook page made for the three girls, Mia Decker has been identified as the girl who died around 2 p.m. today.

The girls were walking with two 13-year-olds girls in a crosswalk when a sedan stuck them, according to police.

Police said the group was walking from a park back to their neighborhood when the 78-year-old driver in the right southbound lane on Camino Eldorado failed to stop as she approached a stopped vehicle in the right lane.

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  1. Once someone hits 65 they should have to take annual practical driving tests.

  2. ageism, sexism, racisim, all involve assumptions that are not helpful. maybe they should execute those who text and drive - maybe they should not allow people to drive until 21, just saying - maybe all named Jerry should have to take twice a year driver safety course! hmmm - a wonderful world, may this young lady R I P

  3. Tragic incident.

    If we want safer streets, annual in-car testing should be done every year for every driver regardless of age. Drivers license testing should focus on testing real driver skill and not knowledge of arcane laws. We call driving a privilege and yet treat it like a right, making laws only to generate revenue. Laws do not make better drivers, training and testing does.

  4. Safer streets come from the community they are in. When people care enough to tell their neighbors to slow down it really helps. When friends and family notice a member of their group is unable to drive safely they should not let him or her drive. It is just like standing by and letting someone that is drunk drive away in their car. People need to learn to man up and say you are not capable of driving safely at this moment in time. The government would not have to come in and test drivers every year if people would just watch out for their friends and family.