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Convicted felon without NV driver's license ran over teen in crosswalk

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A man accused of hitting a teenager on a bicycle and taking off is a convicted felon. That's according to Clark County prosecutors.

42-year-old Michael Pacholka faced a judge Wednesday in connection with Friday's crash on Oakey Boulevard just west of Las Verdes Street.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Antonio Zamudio is recovering from broken bones and internal bleeding at University Medical Center.

“I still can’t believe he's here. I still can't believe he's in the condition he's in,” said his mother, Edith Zamudio.

Prosecutors said Pacholka did not stop to help after the crash.

"He backed up, looked at what he had done, and made a conscious decision to leave the scene of that crash,' said Chief Deputy District Attorney Eric Bauman.

Bauman said Pacholka dragged the bicycle under his truck for nearly 2 1/2 miles and left it next to this dumpster. Pacholka told the judge he moved to Las Vegas about three years ago.

"I moved here from Tennessee and I sold my house and everything I'd built, to find out that three months later my girlfriend would empty my bank account and destroy the truck that I'd just purchased," he said.

In the end, Pacholka's bail was set at $250,000.

The judge said Pacholka was reckless in his actions and called him a danger to the community.

Zamudio is hopeful that one day her son will be able to ride his bicycle again.

"He's doing so good responding and giving me a thumbs up. It's encouraging," she said.

A GoFundMe account has been set up if you would like to help the Zamudio family with medical costs.

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