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Suspect will plead to lesser charge in Explorer's death

Reported by: Trevor Thompson
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Updated: 9/04/2013 2:23 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV – The man accused of causing an accident that led to the death of a local teenager will take a plea deal from the Clark County district attorney’s office.

Jvon Williams, 29, waived a preliminary hearing this morning at the Regional Justice Center with the understanding that he will accept a guilty plea of felony hit and run in the death of Metro Explorer Angel Velasquez.

Police said that a 2013 Honda motorcycle ridden by Velasquez was traveling east on Sahara Avenue in the left travel lane just after 7:05 p.m. Aug. 1 and approached the intersection with Van Patten Street.

A 2013 Volkswagen driven by Williams was turning left from northbound Van Patten to westbound Sahara. Williams applied the brakes, and the motorcycle fell to its right side. The Honda motorcycle and Velasquez continued to slide east and hit the left side of the Volkswagen.

Velasquez was transported to Sunrise Hospital but was pronounced dead after arrival.

Police say Williams fled the scene of the accident, and wasn't tracked down for a few hours. When police did find him, they administered field sobriety tests that showed he was intoxicated.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Eric Bauman said that Williams’ blood-alcohol level report was inadmissible because the sample was taken outside the required two-hour window, so he is no longer facing drunk driving charges. Williams could face up to 15 years in prison, but could also simply be placed on probation for fleeing the scene.

If DUI were still on the table, Williams would be facing 2 - 20 years in prison, and probation would be off the table.

Williams' next appearance is scheduled for Sept. 11.


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