6yo Boy Killed by U-Haul Truck in Hit-and-Run on Karen Ave in Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV — August 13, 2022, a 6-year-old boy on a bicycle was struck and killed by a U-Haul truck in a hit-and-run in Las Vegas.
According to reports the incident happened early Saturday morning near apartment complexes on the 1700 block of Karen Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding his bicycle with some other children in an alley between the complexes. He allegedly entered the road and fell off his bike, after which he was run over by a U-Haul truck driven by 21-year-old Michael Burdick. Burdick got out and checked on the child but then fled the scene in the truck. He was located the next day and apprehended.
The victim was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on U-Haul Hit-and-Run in Las Vegas
It's important to be as thorough as possible when investigating accidents like this. The incident on Karen Road is almost certainly more complex than it may appear at first with the narrative of "truck hits child." Obviously the hit-and-run driver should face consequences for his poor choices there, but there's also the more complex issue of the rental truck he was driving.
Due to their size, many rental vehicles are actually classified as commercial vehicles--meaning their drivers, temporary though they may be, must have commercial insurance policies. It's the responsibility of the companies that rent to them to make sure the driver has one before handing over the keys, but unfortunately some companies' representatives don't take that step.
When one of those uninsured drivers crashes, the business then tries to distance itself and blame the driver rather than assume any responsibility. However, that's not often the way the law sees things. If the business didn't take the required steps to see to it the driver had a commercial policy backing them up, then the business's own policy may have to step in to cover the damage done.
However, those concerns are a far second to simply coping with the sheer grief of loss after this tragedy. I just know that many people have been caught unprepared if they wanted to see everyone responsible for their loss held accountable--the at-fault driver, certainly, but possibly also the business that put him behind the wheel of their truck. If that time comes, the family must be prepared and have the needed evidence to see justice done.