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Mother speaks to Action News about son's tragic death


Mother speaks to Action News about son's tragic death

By Don Guevara. CREATED Jul 7, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Family and friends held a memorial to remember the man who died tragically, while crossing the street.

The memorial was held Saturday evening for 29-year-old Robert Pyjas of Las Vegas, who was struck and killed by a vehicle.

Police said he was crossing Blue Diamond near Cimarron around 5 a.m. on June 28, but his body wasn't found by police until around 10 a.m.

Robert's mother, Denise Donnelly, spoke to Action News about her son's death, "It's been really hard. You never want to have to bury your kids."

NHP said the driver who hit Robert was a 55-year-old man from Pahrump, who was on his way to work. He kept going, but later turned himself in to officials in Nye County. He said he thought he hit something in the road.

Authorities are investigating and have not arrested the driver.

Robert's mother said she is not mad at him, "The driver is going to have to live with this the rest of his life. There is nothing anyone can do now."

Robert worked at Glazier's Supermarket and had lived in Las Vegas for 10 years. He was with his girlfriend earlier in the day and police believe he may have been at a convenience store or a sandwich shop before getting hit.

His mother remembers the last time they spoke, "His last words were, 'I love you mom, don't worry, I'll be okay.'"

His mother and sister live in Florida but the family will bury Robert in Buffalo, New York, where he grew up.

"He was just really a happy person. I don't know what I'm going to do without talking to him everyday," expressed Denise.

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Don Guevara anchors the weekend evening editions of Action News.