News Teens Awarded Following Fatal Motorcycle Hit & Run Case

Teens Awarded Following Fatal Motorcycle Hit & Run Case

Colorado Law Tigers reward two civilizians who chased down drunk driver that kills motorcyclists

When Steven Sanchez and Jason Perez chased down a drunk driver who fled the scene of an accident last summer, they didn’t do it for a reward or recognition.

However, because their actions led to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator, Sanchez and Perez received a check for $10,000 from Law Tigers, America’s Motorcycle Lawyers.

Tom Metier of Colorado Law Tigers gave the two boys, both 19, the Law Tigers Hit & Run Reward, which recognizes individuals who assist in the felony conviction of a driver responsible for hit-and-run motorcycle accident. After they witnessed Efrin Villegas crash into motorcyclist Jon Brand and his fiancé Debbie Pyatok on July 10, 2010, Villegas sped off.

Sanchez and Perez pursued him to a dead end, where he and his passenger tried to flee on foot. The teens were able to detain the passenger until police arrived. Their quick thinking and courageous response led to the arrest the next day of Villegas, who later pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and is now serving nine years in prison.

Tragically, Brand, 59, was killed in the crash. Pyatok, who was severely injured, nominated the two young men for the honor.

Debbie Pyatok says: "I want to thank them again. I wouldn’t have been able to rest at night (without their help)."

The boys say instinct and a desire to see justice led them to chase the fleeing vehicle that night. If I had to do it all over again, I would. I wasn’t really in fear for my life. I was just thinking, how does someone leave a scene like that?"

Perez, 19, who will graduate this May from Denver Justice High School, said he’ll spend some of the money on Christmas gifts and potential college expenses. North High School graduate Sanchez, also 19, says the money will go to his three-week-old son and fiancé.

Steven Sanchez says: "When I saw what happened, I just had to do something. We just couldn’t stand by and let this happen."

Tom Metier of the Colorado Law Tigers says: "People who serve the needs of the community deserve to be recognized. I know that all of us hope that our own sons would be as brave as Steven and Jason were if they saw someone being hurt, and we are so glad to be able to honor them for their heroism."

About Law Tigers
Law Tigers is a national network of local motorcycle accident attorneys committed to protecting fellow motorcycle riders and helping family members of those killed or injured in motorcycle accidents. For more information visit lawtigers.com.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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