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Suspect in motorcycle deaths being brought back to Rock County

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Frank Schultz
May 1, 2014

WAUKEGAN, Ill.—A man accused in the double-fatal hit-and-run crash near Janesville on April 20 was expected to be in the Rock County Jail sometime Thursday night.

Sambath Pal, 24, of Park City, Ill., waived extradition to Wisconsin at a hearing in an Illinois court Thursday.

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said he asked that Pal's transfer to Rock County be expedited.

No court date had been set, but Spoden said Pal could be in court as soon as Friday.

Pal is suspected of being the driver of an SUV that crossed the centerline and hit two motorcyclists at dusk on April 20.

Mitchell J. Vance, 24, and Devin J. Julius, 18, both of Janesville, died from injuries suffered in the crash.

Pal is charged in Rock County Court with two felony counts of hit and run resulting in death, each carrying a maximum prison sentence of 25 years and maximum fine of $100,000.

Pal's father called authorities April 24 after he heard from relatives about the crash.

Pal, a former Rock County resident, had moved last fall to Park City, Ill., where his parents live.

Pal was visiting his girlfriend in Janesville on Easter weekend, when the crash occurred, according to the criminal complaint.

Pal was driving an Infiniti QX58 of the kind suspected in the deaths that weekend, and he returned to Park City with front-end damage consistent with the crash, the complaint says.

Pal told his father he had hit something with the SUV but did not know what it was, the complaint states.

Pal had been held in the Lake County, Ill., jail, before the extradition hearing.



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