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Young man killed Thursday night wanted to be a police officer

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Young man killed Thursday night wanted to be a police officer

By Jennifer Kastner. CREATED Aug 2, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A man accused of causing a teen motorcyclist to crash into his car and then leaving him for dead is behind bars.

The family of the young man that was killed said the victim wanted to become a Las Vegas police officer.

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

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, 29-year-old Jvon Williams blew through a stop sign and ran right into 19-year-old Angel Velasquez who was riding his brand-new motorcycle.

Williams then sped away from the scene of the crash.

Flowers and candles have been placed on the street near the scene of the collision to honor the young man that was killed.

The family is devastated.

The family told Action News that Velasquez was a member of LVMPD's Explorer program. The program is for youth who are interested in law enforcement.

Velasquez was also a graduate of Las Vegas High School and worked at an In-N-Out restaurant.

His family said Velasquez helped support his family and that they are in shock. They also told Action News that they are not mad, just extremely sad.

Velasquez was also a student at College of Southern Nevada and was studying criminal justice.

Action News also spoke to the family of the man who was arrested for causing the tragic incident.

Williams' mother told Action News that she spoke to him from jail and he couldn't stop apologizing.

She also told Action News that Williams is a veteran who served in Iraq and that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Williams' mother said he started drinking and driving after he returned from duty. According to LVMPD, Williams has been arrested twice in the past for DUI and reckless driving.

Fellow Explorers will hold a car wash fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on  Aug. 3 at Brake Masters on Windmill Parkway and Eastern Avenue for the family of Velasquez.

A bank fund has also been established in his name. Donations are being accepted at Wells Fargo. The account number is 3771101486.

For more information about Angel, click here.

Jennifer Kastner

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Jennifer Kastner is a general assignment reporter for Action News.