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Motorcyclist identified in crash, family says he was a proud US Navy veteran

Posted at 7:06 PM, Jul 08, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A family in Las Vegas is grieving the death of a loved one after Robert Thomas Wallenta was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Saturday evening.

The Wallenta family tells 13 Action News they are “holding up” but demand that the female driver who fled the scene turn herself in.

"For him to die, bleeding in the street like that it's not the way he should've gone," says Ryan Copley.

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Officers on scene reported that the woman was driving a white Nissan Altima, she ran a red light heading northbound on South Decatur Boulevard as Wallenta was driving westbound on West Flamingo Road.

The white Nissan hit Wallenta and veered off into the southbound lanes of South Decatur Boulevard, striking other vehicles.

His family says he was only three miles from getting home to his wife. They say they want justice now.

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"I don't know how to feel about you right now, but I’m sure in time we can learn to forgive you. Please, please don't keep trying [to run] away,” says Ryan Copley.

Police say the 59-year-old motorcyclist was struck by other vehicles after the initial hit.

"We just want to know who she is and where she went. We just want them to catch her because she needs to answer for what she did," said Copley.

The crash happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. near South Decatur Boulevard and West Flamingo Road on July 6.

Justice is the main thing they want now. "We just need closure," says Danielle Ayala.

The Clark County Coroner informed the family early Sunday morning.

Ayala also shared with 13 Action News that her father served more than a decade in the US Navy.

She says Wallenta would attend memorial services of officers he didn't even know.

"I can’t even begin tell you how many times, how many services he [went to] because someone didn't have a family member to go to," says Ayala.