JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) _ Court documents say the father of a man charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash in southern Wisconsin turned in his son after discovering damage to his vehicle.
Twenty-four-year-old Sambath Pal is accused of driving the SUV that crossed the center line on Highway 14 in Rock County on Easter and struck the victims, 18-year-old Devin Julius and 24-year-old Mitchell Vance. The Janesville men were riding in a group of motorcycles.
Rock County Sheriff Robert Spooden says Pal's father, Saroeun Tigh, of Park City, Ill., called sheriff's officials Thursday. Park City police went to Tigh's home and arrested his son. Spooden says Tigh told them he wanted to be a good citizen, so he had to do the right thing and call authorities.
The Janesville Gazette says Pal is in jail in Lake County, Ill.
UPDATED - 04/25/14 -
An Illinois man is in custody for a hit and run crash near Janesville on Easter Sunday, that left two motorcyclists dead. rock county sheriff Bob Spoden says an anonymous tip led to the break in the case.
The suspect is 24 year old Sambath Pal of Park City, Ill, who has connections to Janesville. He's currently jailed in Illinois, awaiting extradition to Wisconsin. The vehicle has also been seized.
The victims of Sunday nights crash were 24 year old Mitchell vance and 18 year old Devin Julious, both of Janesville.
Authorities say there's no way to know if the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
UPDATED - 04/25/14 - Authorities holding 12 pm news conference regarding the fatal hit and run crash of two motorists on Easter Sunday on Highway 14
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) _ Investigators are now looking for a different sport utility vehicle suspected in the crash that killed two Janesville motorcyclists last weekend.
The Rock County sheriff's office originally had said the vehicle suspected of hitting the motorcycles on Highway 14 Sunday night was a Nissan. Later, authorities connected a fog lamp assembly recovered at the scene to an Infiniti QX4.
The Janesville Gazette reports investigators now believe the vehicle is a larger Infiniti, the QX56.
Sheriff's Capt. Brian Christiansen says another piece of debris was found to have a number on it. The dealership traced that piece, finding that it was specific to the larger Infiniti, model years 2004-07.
Killed in the crash were 24-year-old Mitchell Vance and 18-year-old Devin Julius. Three other motorcyclists and another vehicle avoided the crash.
04/22/2014 UPDATE: Authorities have determined the vehicle involved is a 2001-2003 dark colored Infinity QX4, which is similar to vehicle shown in photo.
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) _ Rock County sheriff's deputies are looking for a driver who fled after striking and killing two men on motorcycles.
Authorities say the men were among five motorcyclists traveling on Highway 14 near Janesville Sunday about 8 p.m. A mid-sized SUV, possibly a Nissan, crossed the center line and hit the first two motorcycles, killing 24-year-old Mitchell Vance, of Janesville, and 18-year-old Devin Julius, also of Janesville, formerly of Freedom.
The other three motorcycle riders and another vehicle took evasive action and avoided the crash.
Sheriff's officials say Vance was pronounced dead at the scene. Julius died at Mercy Hospital in Janesville. Investigators want to hear from possible witnesses to the crash or anyone who saw a mid-sized Nissan SUV in the area at that time.