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Friends, Family Call Child's Death 'Terrible Mistake'

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Friends and family are showing their support for the father of the seven-year-old child killed in a motorcycle accident in North Las Vegas. They say his father knows he made a mistake and want everyone to know he's a father devastated by the tragedy.

As the investigation into the accident continues, North Las Vegas police say there is fault on the part of both parties involved -- the 19-year old driver who turned in front of the motorcycle and the father who was riding with both his sons on the bike.

"It was a terrible accident and nobody expected it to happen," said the boy's uncle Nick Camacho.

Camacho says his nephews loved riding through the neighborhood on their father's motorcycle and both eight-year-old Gabriel and seven-year-old Victor were riding with their dad Wednesday night just a couple blocks away from home when police say the young driver of a sedan made a u-turn in front of the motorcycle.

The collision launched Victor, seated in front of his father, 20-feet through the air. The child was wearing a lid helmet, but was pronounced dead at UMC of blunt chest trauma.

"He was just a real happy, outgoing child, always with a smile on his face," said Nick Camacho.

Family friend Dan Cook is quick to defend the boy's dad.

"One of the best fathers I know," he said. "One of his proudest moments I can remember is when he brought his son home with a mohawk haircut. He was beaming, just beaming."

The accident is still under investigation by North Las Vegas Police. Police say u-turns on residential streets are legal, but the driver of the car failed to yield to the motorcycle. 

It is also against the law to have more than two people ride a motorcycle at the same time. It's a terrible mistake this that the devastated father says he wishes he could take back now.

"Slamming this poor man, it needs to stop because he is a wonderful father a good father who loves his children very much," said Camacho.

No charges or citations have been issued in the case. Police say they are waiting the results of toxicology screenings on both drivers, but they don't think drugs or alcohol were involved.