Teens raise money for family of hit-and-run victim who “wanted to serve the community”

Las Vegas Metro Police Explorers held two car washes over the weekend to raise money for funeral expenses for a captain in their organization who was killed last Thursday in a car-motorcycle accident with a suspected impaired driver.

Angel Velasquez, 19, and the son of a Metro police officer, died Thursday evening after the motorcycle he had purchased the day before was hit by a vehicle.

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,” she added.

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.

According to witness statements and evidence at the scene, Velasquez was traveling East on Sahara Avenue in 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.

The driver 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.

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

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