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Family mourning motorcyclist killed in hit and run

December 25, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The family of a Las Vegas school bus driver who was killed in a hit-and-run crash while riding a motorcycle is searching for answers and information.

Billy Burts died after he was rear-ended Saturday at a red light. The driver of a dark-colored Acura SUV fled and has not been located.

Burts, 52, was pronounced dead at a hospital in what the Clark County coroner’s office ruled an accident, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported .

Burts was always cracking jokes and going out his way to help his neighbors, his husband Jeffrey Martinez-Burts told the newspaper.

He also liked target practice at shooting ranges, Greek mythology and his dog.

Born and raised in California, Butts moved to Las Vegas more than 20 years ago

He is survived by a 22-year-old daughter in California, a sister and father in Las Vegas as well as other relatives.

Martinez-Burts tells KSNV-TV that he’s trying to deal with the reality that he won’t spend another Christmas with his husband.

Burts was on his way to his second job at the time of the crash. His primary job was as a Clark County School District bus driver.

“He would call his kids on his bus his babies, so they loved him too,” said his sister, Yolanda Ellison. “They would call him Mr. B.”

Family and friends are hoping that the hit-and-run driver or anyone with information about what happened calls police.

“When they left, it’s like saying he did not matter,” Martinez-Burts told KSNV. “I want him to know he matters to a lot of people.”

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