Friends, family remember young man killed in crash

Jennifer Kastner


Friends, family remember young man killed in crash

CREATED Aug. 3, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A driver is accused of ending the life of a young man on a motorcycle. That man is behind bars, while the family of the teenager is mourning their heartbreaking loss.

19-year-old Angel Velasquez was killed by hit-and-run driver, Jvon Williams.

But his life is already being immortalized by the people that he's touched over the years. Cards, flowers and candles have been placed at the scene to honor the young man.

The crash happened Thursday near Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.

"He's just a loving person. It's so sad to lose a great friend of mine. It hurts," expressed Danny Guzman, friend.

Velasquez's family's world has gone dark after losing his smile that could light up a room.

"I always saw him with a smile. He always had a smile on and he was happy everywhere he went," said Judy Dominguez, cousin.

The teenager was full of life and full of energy, his family said. His dream was to become a police officer. He was attending the College of Southern Nevada.

Meanwhile, he worked at In-N-Out, where he earned enough money to buy his motorcycle, which he only had for about a week.

As Velasquez was traveling east on Sahara on Thursday, a driver plowed into him and then fled. A Good Samaritan got the plates, and officers were led to the home of 29-year-old Jvon Williams.

Documents show Williams told authorities he was making a u-turn at the intersection, when he was suddenly sideswiped. He claims he, "Pulled over and did not see anyone in the road and then decided to go home."

Once back at home, Williams gave his mother a different story. According to the report, "He told her that her car was hit in the parking lot of his work."

Williams was arrested for felony DUI and hit-and-run.

"He was just a good kid. He didn't deserve to die the way he died," said Guzman.

"I have nothing against anybody. We're not here to hate anybody, but justice will be served," said another family friend.

Las Vegas police said Williams had two prior DUI with reckless driving arrests.

Action News spoke with his mother who said he called her from jail and said how sorry he was. She said he's an Army National Guard veteran who served in Iraq.

She said he came home with PTSD and that's when he started drinking heavily.

The Metro Explorer Program said Velasquez was dedicated to helping his family, and gave them half of his paycheck to help with expenses.

They're holding a car wash fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 3 at Brake Masters on Windmill and Eastern from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit the family, including help with funeral expenses.