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Parents speak out on decision to turn in son for deadly hit and run accident

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- The parents of a young man accused of causing a deadly accident, then taking off, speak out after turning their son into police.

Sambath Pal will appear in court Thursday and it's because of his parents he's in police custody. Now they're opening up about why they think their son fled the scene of an accident near Janesville on Easter Sunday. Police say Pal hit two motorcyclists, Mitchell Vance and Devin Julius, then left the scene. Vance and Julius were killed.

Pal was driving his parents' Infiniti SUV and when he got back home to Illinois, his parents noticed damage the vehicle. They started to panic when they realized their vehicle matched the description of an SUV police were looking for in a hit-and-run crash in Wisconsin. It was Pal's father who called police. His mother told WISN in Milwaukee, "I ask him, and he told me that, 'I don't know what I hit mom. That's why I don't stop.'"

His father, Saroen Tith says, "We're gonna turn him in, try to talk to him. That if he done it, so just go to police. What problem, he was, didn't stop. You know, he should stop. He panicked. He scared."

Pal has been in the Lake County Jail in Illinois for nearly a week. He has an extradition hearing Thursday afternoon. Wisconsin authorities are trying to bring him back to face charges in Rock County.

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