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From the Las Vegas Sun:

A 7-year-old boy riding on a motorcycle with his father was killed Wednesday when the bike collided with a car, ejecting the child, North Las Vegas Police said. He was identified Thursday as Victor Camacho of North Las Vegas.

The boy’s 8-year-old brother, who was also on the motorcycle, was injured but didn’t appear to be seriously hurt. The 31-year-old father of the boys was not injured, police Sgt. Tim Bedwell said.

The motorcycle was headed north about 6:40 p.m. in the 6100 block of Dawn View Lane when a car parked along the right curb pulled out and started to make a U-turn. The motorcycle ran into the car.

The 7-year-old boy on the back of the Yamaha street motorcycle was thrown over the car and landed about 22 feet from the collision.

“It appears the car didn’t yield to the motorcycle,” Bedwell said. The crash, which occurred about a block from the motorcyclist’s home, is under investigation. The speed limit on the residential street is 25 mph.

“This is truly a tragedy, made even worse by the fact that it didn’t have to happen,” Bedwell said.

It is illegal to have more than one passenger on a motorcycle. It is also illegal for any passenger to ride in front of the operator. The boy who was killed was riding behind his father and the other child was in front of the man.

Camacho was wearing a helmet, but it was not an approved motorcycle helmet and was not fitted for a child, Bedwell said.

The helmet apparently flew off during the collision, leaving the boy's head unprotected. “A helmet very possibly could have been the difference here,” Bedwell said. The second child, who was taken to University Medical Center, suffered facial abrasions, but he was alert and walking around.

Police were not immediately releasing the names of anyone involved in the crash. The driver of the car was a 19-year-old woman. No charges had been filed, pending the outcome of the investigation.
 

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Shame the 19 year old woman car driver was a blind f**kwit too. A fatal combination of foolish morons indeed.
 

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That has got to drum home the pros of a proper fitting crash helmet.
I think Failure to yield is an offence over there so the reason no charges have been bought is in case it can be increased to Vehicular manslaughter.
 

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there are still people (specially in the US) who fight every helmet law proposition in every state proposing it.

"live free or die" they say...


to which I would reply, "unless of course it's your child that dies..."
 

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its a matter of training yourself to accept thats the way it has to be. even on the drive without the engine running i feel uncomfortable sat in the car without a seatbelt on, and not that i have done it much but it feels very weird riding a bike with no helmet.
theres just just a "wrongness" to it
 

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It seems to teach everyone else the folly of not wearing a helmet, but the Americans seem to let it wash over them without so much as an " If Only "
 
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