LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Tomas household and Las Vegas biking community are pleading for answers from Nevada State Police and the community after the hit-and-run that killed one in every of their very own Wednesday evening.
Family and police establish the sufferer as 27-year-old Tony Tomas of Las Vegas. The motorcycle crash occurred round 9 pm Wednesday evening at Durango and the 215, the place officers mentioned he was touring at “a high rate of speed” earlier than colliding with a white utility van on the westbound offramp.
State Police say the driving force of the van didn’t cease following the collision. According to Tony’s mom and sister, Ginger Patterson and Samantha Tomas, first responders didn’t arrive for practically 20 minutes after first reported.
Instead, his family say a unique driver discovered Tony’s physique in the center of the offramp struggling to breath.
“They stayed with my son until he took his last breath,” Patterson mentioned by way of heavy sighs whereas sitting on the entrance porch of her residence Friday night. “Had (the driver) pulled over, rendered aid, you know, that one minute could have saved his life. The hospital’s a minute away,”
Patterson and Samantha say they have been on the scene for hours earlier than watching his physique be taken away.
“I’m asking, you know, is he alive? And (law enforcement) just looked at me, just stared at me with blank faces,” Patterson mentioned by way of heavy sighs whereas sitting on the entrance porch of her residence Friday night.
Tony’s situation on the scene is much from what household and mates keep in mind him as. Samantha describes her youthful brother as “light” with the “aloha spirit” who aspired to trip his motorcycle professionally whereas working as a photo voltaic installer.
“He touched (people’s) souls so much that everybody considered him blood,” Samantha mentioned, sitting subsequent to her mom exterior her residence.
“I don’t know how many mothers and fathers he has, but he has a lot,” her mom added with a slight chuckle.
Beyond his daughter, stepson, and different household, Tony leaves behind the biking community who he spent a lot of his free time using with, says Samantha. Over 40 of them gathered on the scene of the crash Thursday evening to recollect him.
“He was free, and that’s the only thing that brings me comfort, knowing he died doing something he loved,” Patterson mentioned whereas wiping away tears.
An enormous man with an enormous coronary heart: everybody who knew him remained clueless about how the accident particularly occurred and who the opposite driver is, making their grief two-fold.
“We don’t even know if the person if he was drunk,” Samantha mentioned by way of tears. “Seriously, like, he was a kind person. He didn’t deserve this.”
The solely video proof Nevada State Police have is from close to the intersection of Elkhorn and Gran Montecito. It reveals the suspected van, with damages to the again proper facet, driving previous. Other than that, investigators are at a loss and Tony’s household is left pleading for answers.
“Please turn yourself in. I will forgive you. Turn yourself in. I will ask the courts to lower your sentence. Just turn yourself in, please. Step up, be a man, be a woman, whatever you are,” Patterson mentioned whereas tears slid down her cheeks.
“If it was their family member, you would want the same,” Samantha added earlier than embracing her mom. “Braddah, I love you. You’re always going to be my twin.”
Regardless if a suspect is ever discovered, the Tomas household hopes this incident will encourage reckless drivers to be safer and extra alert on the street. They’ve additionally created a GoFundMe to assist pay for funeral bills.
Nevada State Police asks anybody with info relating to the crash or who has doubtlessly seen the suspected white utility van to contact the division at *647, or *NHS. Those wanting to take action anonymously can by calling Crime Stoppers of Nevada at 702-385-5555.