A young man was riding his bike on the Rampart near Del Webb boulevards when an SUV came from behind the hit him. He was transported to University Medical Center and died due to his injuries. The bicyclist was only 27 years old.
Hitting someone is terrible, but it’s even worse to flee the scene of the accident and that’s exactly what happened in this tragic situation. The driver of the SUV bolted after hitting the bike rider but was apprehended a few blocks away from the scene. Reports indicate the at-fault driver was drinking and driving, according to fox5vegas.com.
Nevada law requires a “duty of render aid” if you hit someone. The law specifically states:
“The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall:
(a) Give his or her name, address and the registration number of the vehicle the driver is driving, and shall upon request and if available exhibit his or her license to operate a motor vehicle to any person injured in such accident or to the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle or other property damaged in such accident;
(b) Give such information and upon request manually surrender such license to any police officer at the scene of the accident or who is investigating the accident; and
(c) Render to any person injured in such accident reasonable assistance, including the carrying, or the making of arrangements for the carrying, of such person to a physician, surgeon or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary, or if such carrying is requested by the injured person…”
Even if there wasn’t a law on the books, it’s just the right thing to do. You should not leave another human being with life-threatening injuries to fender for themselves, especially when you caused those injuries. Always ask yourself – how would you want someone to act if you were hit by their vehicle?