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It is with great sadness to report that the young life of an LVMPD Explorer was taken tragically last night in a motor vehicle accident. 


A 19-year-old LVMPD Explorer died on Aug. 1 after being struck by a suspected impaired driver last night.

According to witness statements and evidence at the scene, LVMPD Explorer Angel Velasquez was traveling east on Sahara Avenue 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 of his injuries.

Police have arrested 29-year-old Jvon Williams, the driver of the vehicle. Williams was booked for DUI and Duty to Stop at Scene of an Accident. Williams’ prior arrests include a DUI and Reckless Driving in 2007 and 2008. 

Velasquez became an Explorer at 16-years old, learning everything he could about the police department he hoped to one-day join. 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 the funeral of Officer David VanBuskirk. 

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

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The LVMPD Explorer Program exposes young adults to a career in law enforcement by matching their interests in four specific areas: Crime Scene Investigation, Corrections, Dispatch, and Police. In addition to the training they receive, the LVMPD Explorer Program also aims to develop and refine qualities such as maturity, responsibility, character, civic duty, and personal fitness.

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