LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Family and friends are remembering a motorcyclist killed after a crash on the I-15 Sunday morning, Dec. 2.
The crash happened near Charleston Boulevard, leaving the highway closed and traffic backed up for four hours.
The Clark County Coroner's Office confirmed that 64-year-old Charles Higgins, also known as 'Higgy,' died in the wreck.
Nevada Highway Patrol says Higgins' motorcycle rear ended a car, with the crash sending him flying from his bike.
Paramedics rushed him to UMC in critical condition, but he died shortly after.
"Apparently his helmet came off, and he got a lot of trauma to his head," said Bonnie Higgins, the victim’s sister.
Bonnie said that her brother was a kind and funny man who made friends everywhere he went.
"He was a good guy. He was coming back from Toys for Tots. He went and took toys. He was loved by so many people, so many people," she said through tears.
His friend and fellow biker David Pealer says he's known Higgy since the 1980s, and it's hard to believe his long-time pal is really gone.
"I still can't believe this really happened. I know he's gone, and it just hurts a lot," Pealer said.
Minutes after News 3 arrived to Higgins' home to speak with his sister, concerned neighbors saw the news truck outside and rushed over to check on him.
One neighbor burst into tears when she learned that he had died.
"Oh, I'm so sorry. He was just such a wonderful neighbor, wonderful neighbor," she said.
Higgins leaves behind two children, two grandchildren and two dogs that, his family says, he loved as though they were his kids.
NHP is still investigating to learn exactly what caused the accident.