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Bail set at $500,000 for suspect in Explorer's hit-and-run death

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Updated: 8/07/2013 2:06 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) — The 19-year-old Metro Explorer who was killed in a hit-and-run incident Thursday will be laid to rest today, and the man accused of causing the accident made his first appearance in court.

Bail was set at $500,000 for Jvon Williams, 29. Police say Williams was drunk at the time of the crash that took the life of Angel Velasquez. Williams' next court appearance will be in two weeks.

To help: Anyone wanting to help with memorial costs can donate to: Memorial Fund for Angel Velasquez, Wells Fargo account number 3771101486.
The accident happened around 7 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Sahara and Van Patten. Velasquez was headed east down Sahara on his motorcycle. Police say Williams causing the teenager to tip over and slide into his Honda after he turned in front of him and cut him off.

Velasquez was pronounced dead at the hospital.

According to Metro, Velasquez became an Explorer when he was 16, with a goal of eventually joining the force.

After three months in the program, he became a captain with a test score of 98.

He was studying criminal justice at College of Southern Nevada, helped out at many police events and went on two ride-alongs each week to prepare for his future on the force.

His funeral will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Trinity Life Church, 1000 E. St. Louis Ave. The burial ceremony will follow at Palm Cemetery, 6701 N. Jones Blvd. A candlelight vigil will begin at 8 p.m. at Sahara and Van Patten.
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