SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) The makeshift memorial started going up Saturday morning, October 20, in front of Reed High, less than 2 day after Maelynn McLauchlin was hit by a car as she used the crosswalk Thursday night.
There are stuffed animals and notes and pictures, and flowers of every color.
“Because she liked tie-dye,” says Landon Smith, a friend of McLauchlin’s.
Smith says students not only had a candlelight memorial for Maelynn Saturday; they collected signatures within 48 hours demanding the crosswalk be illuminated near the high school.
But getting the lights actually installed will take some time and money.
In all, there are four crosswalks in front of Reed High. During regular school hours a crossing guard is at the busiest crosswalk, helping students before and after school and during lunch.
Smith says for the most part drivers obey the 15-mile-an-hour speed zone while school is in. But at night, he says, it is a different story.
“I was coming home from freshman football late one night. And I actually almost got hit once because someone wasn't watching what they were doing. And I was using the same crosswalk as Maelynn was,” says Smith.
Illuminated cross walks cost between $10,000 and $20,000 each. And before they are ever installed, a traffic study needs to be done to see if and where such crosswalks would be appropriate in this area.
Smith is not deterred and says he hopes it can all come together in about six months. If need be, he says students, parents, and others could help raise the money.
It's the least they can do, he says, for a friend who would think nothing of doing the same for them.