Vigil Held for Bike Rider Struck by Vehicle - 8 News NOW

Vigil Held for Bike Rider Struck by Vehicle

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LAS VEGAS - A mother is pleading for answers after a van struck her 23-year-old son while he was riding his bicycle in a crosswalk near Lake Mead Boulevard and Jones Boulevard. Friends and family held a vigil Monday night for Jeff Cochran, who has been in a coma for six days.

His family is uncertain about his future and hopes witnesses come forward to help piece together what happened.

"I just want to pick him up and tell him, ‘Let's go home,' but you know you just can't do that," said his mother Stacey Mott. "I don't even know if I'm ever going to have him back. We just, we don't know."

At Monday night's vigil, loved ones prayed he will pull through.

"We don't know until Jeffrey wakes up - the amount of injury that's happened to his brain," Mott said.

She says her son was rushed to the hospital with a fractured skull and a shattered leg and foot. After he arrived at University Medical Center, police showed up with a ticket -- citing him for failing to walk his bike at a crosswalk.

At the time of the accident, investigators told 8 News NOW it did not appear the van's driver was at fault. Jeff's parents say they don't think that's entirely true.

"Every day is different. I have so many emotions. I'm angry. I'm sad. I just… I have unfinished answers. I just want answers, and I know somebody knows something, and I'm angry," Mott said.

Dozens of family and friends showed up Monday night with the same plea for witnesses to come forward.

"Anything helps - to give us some kind of closure, because Jeff can't speak on his own, and he can't tell his side of the story," Jeff's sister Vanessa Moss said.

"We just wanted some answers about what happened, how it happened, how it came to be that yet another child gets struck on a bike or not on a bike," added Jeff's father.

Mott, meanwhile, asks the public to show mercy for her son.

"There are posts on Facebook and Twitter blaming him," she said. "Until it happens in your yard, and it's your baby lying there fighting for his life, please don't throw stones. That could be yours. That could be yours."

Jeff has no insurance and was recently engaged. His parents say he had a light attached to his bike and that he would ride his bike 30 miles a day when he had to work.

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