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Husband identifies motorcyclist killed by hit-and-run driver in North Las Vegas

Posted at 9:13 AM, Dec 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-23 09:37:03-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A local man says his husband was killed in a hit-and-run crash and is pleading for the driver to come forward.

“I want to stop being angry so I can start being mad and start mourning my husband,” says Jeffrey Martinez-Burts.

This Christmas, there’s just one gift Jeffrey won’t have ever again.

He found out Saturday that his best friend and partner in life won’t be coming home.

“Somebody just ran him over like he didn’t matter and drove off”

Martinez-Burts has identified his husband, 42-year-old Billy Charles Burts as the motorcyclist killed in the crash.

It happened at about 4:10 a.m. at the intersection of Craig Road and Lamb Boulevard. Police say that a motorcyclist was stopped at a red light on Craig Road when the bike was rear ended by a dark-colored Acura SUV.

The driver left the scene and the motorcyclist was transported to UMC Trauma where he was pronounced deceased.

Jeffrey believes Billy would still be here if that driver would have stopped.

“Those seconds would have made a difference in getting him to the hospital in time and doing what they need to do.”

After a decade knowing Billy, Jeffrey says he was truly a kind soul.

“He just made me laugh and he was always really nice and talked to any and everybody.”

Billy also worked as a bus driver for Clark County School District.

His passengers were not just students, but thought of them as his own.

“One of the last text messages he sent me was him in a Santa hat and he said it’s for my babies.”

The pain of this loss is ow coupled with so much confusion, and Jeffrey just wants one question answered: why?

“For them to just leave and act like there’s no consequences to their actions when there’s a lot of people who are going to miss him.”

A family friend has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses: Fundraiser for Billy Burt