LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Some hard feelings are now mixed in with the grief after a high-profile DUI crash that killed a Clark County School District employee and left a star basketball recruit’s future in doubt.
The case hasn’t gone to trial, but the victim’s family says they’re already being denied justice.
This story is the latest in our series of reports on what many consider a problem with lenient bail hearings and shows once again, it’s an issue where nobody wins.
“I think I’m still in shock because I still can’t get past Dec. 30. It’s like there hasn’t been a new year. There hasn’t been anything,” said Ann Marie Echevarria.
The last time she heard from her husband Eric, he was heading out to pick up something to eat for their 14-year-old son who shares his father’s name.
“And I called him and he’s not answering, so I called my son, and I was like, Eric, where’s daddy? And he said he’s not home yet. And I already knew that he passed away. I knew it before I got to the scene. I knew it was him.”
The scene at the corner of Fort Apache Road and Furnace Gulf Avenue still bears the signs of the crash that took Eric’s life: broken plastic shards from a taillight, crash investigators’ spray paint marking the road and wooden boards covering a decimated cinder block wall.
“We live right at the end of the street. And… It was the most horrible thing,” Ann Marie said.
52-year-old Eric Echevarria had worked for nearly two decades as a Clark County School District custodian who