Hearing set in Las Vegas car wash hit-run crash

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas judge scheduled a Jan. 13 preliminary hearing for a 24-year-old ex-convict accused of striking two car wash employees with a vehicle earlier this month.

Justice of the Peace Karen Bennet-Haron noted Monday that Christopher Blalark also was being held on a parole violation.

Police say 29-year-old Francisco Luis Lorenzo and 26-year-old Jairo Navarro were cleaning a vehicle Dec. 11 when Blalark backed a 1980s-era Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera into them and drove away.

Car wash security video showed Lorenzo writhing on the pavement while the white Oldsmobile drives off.

Authorities say Lorenzo suffered back and leg injuries and had broken teeth.

Navarro was treated for minor injuries.

Defense attorney John Momot calls the crash unfortunate, and says there's more to the story than the video showed.

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