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Court documents show father turned in son for fatal hit-and-run

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Court documents show the father of a fatal hit-and-run suspect turned him in.

Sambath Pal, 24, was arrested after police say it was the SUV he was driving that crossed the center line of Highway 14 April 20 in Janesville. He allegedly hit two motorcyclists. Mitchell Vance, 24 and Devin Julius, 18, both of Janesville, were killed.

Police say the driver of the SUV took off and there was a very public search for that person and the vehicle. The Rock County Sheriff's Office even used billboards to find the SUV.

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden announced Friday Pal had been arrested after a tipster came forward. Spoden did not comment at the time who the tipster was, because the father wanted to tell Pal himself before he found out through the media, the Janesville Gazette reports.

Sheriff Spoden told the Gazette Pal's father is an immigrant to this country and called him "very decent." He says, “He kept telling us he thought he had to be a good citizen, and even though it was his son, he had to do the right thing."

Pal's father called the Rock County 911 center Thursday from his home in Illinois and said his son had taken his 2004 Infiniti QX56 to Janesville over the weekend, but when he returned, it had front-end damage. Pal allegedly told his father "I hit something" but didn't know what it was and did not stop to check, according to the criminal complaint.

Pal is charged in Rock County Court with two felony counts of hit and run resulting in death. He's in jail in Lake County, Illinois, waiting to be extradited to Wisconsin.

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