Las Vegas boy hit by vehicle continues to recover as 100 CCSD kids have been struck in school zones

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A staggering increase in the number of students involved in crashes in Clark County school zones has police asking drivers to put away their phones and pay attention.

It comes as children are set to return to class on Monday from spring break.

“Anything that we can do to focus more on our roadways. Focus more on your surroundings, it will help keep you safer,” Clark County School District Police Officer Keith Habig told 8 News Now.

Las Vegas middle school student fights for life after hit by truck

Eleven-year-old Rayan Kim was hit by a vehicle on Jan. 30 while riding his bicycle to Gunderson Middle School. His road to recovery continues to be a long and rocky one.

<em>Eleven-year-old Rayan Kim was hit by a vehicle on Jan. 30 while riding his bicycle to Gunderson Middle School. His road to recovery continues to be a long and rocky one. (GoFundMe)</em>
Eleven-year-old Rayan Kim was hit by a vehicle on Jan. 30 while riding his bicycle to Gunderson Middle School. His road to recovery continues to be a long and rocky one. (GoFundMe)

“He left home with a bicycle and said I love you, Mom,” Kim’s mother said last month. She spoke to 8 News Now two days after her son was struck.

According to his GoFundMe page, Kim has since made progress.

A post made on Tuesday says Kim is eating through a syringe, and an earlier post stated he is re-learning how to speak.

After Clark County Commissioners voted to allocate more money for crossing guards in middle schools, a family friend had advice for drivers.

More crossing guards coming to CCSD middle schools after 80 kids hit by cars this school year

“It doesn’t matter what is going on your phone. It doesn’t matter what music is playing on the radio, put your phones down,” Kristen Penny said.

According to CCSDPD, 97 kids have been hit by cars in school zones since the start of the school year August 7, 2023, to March 6, 2024.

“One of the main things we try to tell parents…slow down. Be focused,” Habig said. “Be alert of your surroundings, understand that sometimes some of these juveniles are making mistakes and they’re running out from behind parked cars.”

Habig says it’s important to focus on your surroundings, but there are things kids can do as well.

“Parents talk to your students about using the crosswalk and how to use the crosswalk safely,” Habig said.

As for 11-year-old Kim, a GoFundMe update said he has a strong determination to recover. He’s playing Pokemon and reading books about his favorite K-pop artists.

Henderson boy’s death triggers call for increased reckless driving penalties

Nevada lawmakers this past legislative session passed tougher sentences for reckless drivers in school zones. The bill was called Rex’s Law, which is named after a 13-year-old Henderson student killed in front of his school.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the family.

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