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Police Explorers hold car wash for captain killed in accident

A makeshift memorial jas been growing near Sahara Avenue and Van Patten Street near where Angel Velasquez was killed Thursday evening by a vehicle driven by Jvon Williams. (Sandra Gonzalez / MyNews3.com)
A makeshift memorial jas been growing near Sahara Avenue and Van Patten Street near where Angel Velasquez was killed Thursday evening by a vehicle driven by Jvon Williams. (Sandra Gonzalez / MyNews3.com)
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Updated: 8/03/2013 5:27 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Metro Police Explorers held a car wash today to raise money for funeral expenses for a captain in their organization who was killed Thursday in a car-motorcycle accident with a suspected impaired driver.

The car wash was at Brake Masters on Windmill and Eastern. Another car wash is planned for 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday at Abuelo's Tacos, 4225 E. Sahara Ave.

Funeral plans are yet to be announced but are expected to be Wednesday afternoon. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Palm Mortuary, 1325 North Main St.

Angel Velasquez, 19, and the son of a Metro officer, died Thursday evening after the motorcycle he had purchased the day before was hit by a vehicle driven by Jvon Williams on East Sahara Avenue near Van Patten Street.

According to witness statements and evidence at the scene, Velasquez was traveling east on Sahara on a 2013 Honda motorcycle when the driver of a 2013 Volkswagen struck him as he was approaching Van Patten Street.

Velasquez later died at Sunrise Hospital.

Williams fled the scene but was later apprehended and booked for DUI and failure to stop at the scene of an accident. His prior arrests include a DUI and reckless driving in 2007 and 2008.

Velasquez became an Explorer at age 16, learning everything he could about the police department he hoped to join one day.

After three months as an Explorer, he tested for captain, scoring a 98 percent.

“He was an energizing leader,” said Officer Krista Bullard, his Explorer advisor. “He was our go-to guy.”

Bullard said Velasquez went on two ride-a-longs a week because he loved learning about law enforcement. Velasquez was a Criminal Justice student at the College of Southern Nevada and helped at many Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department events such as the Southern Nevada Law Enforcement Memorial, commendations ceremonies and most recently at the funeral of Officer David VanBuskirk less than a week ago.

Police say Velasquez was dedicated to helping his family, giving half his paycheck to help out with expenses.

A memorial fund has been set up in Velasquez's name to help pay for funeral expenses. Anyone wanting to help out can go to their nearest Wells Fargo and give money to: Benefit memorial fund for Angel Velasquez Wells Fargo #3771101486.

To get more information about Angel go to: https://www.facebook.com/LVMPDExplorers.

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