Las Vegas, Nev. (FOX5) – A local man and 9/11 first responder needs neurorehabilitation after being hit by his bicycle in a crash in Henderson. His wife now works to bring attention and awareness to traffic crime in the valley.
Group Stop the DUI He held a vigil this weekend for Mark Vobis and other victims of DUI and DUI crimes.
On Sept. 11, Wobis was riding his bicycle along St. Rose Parkway, near Maryland Parkway and Alper Place, when he was rear-ended by a car. The driver got out of the car and left Vobis on the street.
His wife, Jennifer, said he was found unresponsive on the side of the road.
“He had a collapsed lung, he had a brain injury, he had a fractured body, and he had a spinal cord injury as a result of the accident,” Jennifer Vobis said.
Vobis was a first responder on September 11, 2011 in New York City, and tragically suffered life-threatening injuries from the September 11 attacks of this year. Prior to this incident, he worked in the Eighth Judicial District Court.
“I only have two words that I can say it’s almost indescribable, it’s up and down, I’m really saying it’s a lot,” said Jennifer Vobis.
Las Vegas Police Lt. Bret Ficklin addressed the alert crowd with the latest numbers from the department he oversees.
“What I hate about these numbers is that they are impersonal and what you have to remember is that every one of these numbers is a victim or victims,” Lt. Ficklin said.
The officer said they receive 400 calls of a fight a month.
“We have received more than 3,500 calls so far this year. Shocking bells. This year, of the number of deaths, we now have 114 deaths in our jurisdiction, 22 of which were hit-and-runs,” said Lt. Ficklin.
Compared to last year, LVMPD had only 15 people. Lt. Ficklin said most of the time the driver is under the influence.
Jennifer Vobis said the vigil was not only to support her husband, but all the families affected by this.
“Treasure your family, it can be taken from you in a second. And road safety should be paramount – our community deserves better,” said Jennifer Vobis.
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