LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas valley basketball star accused in a deadly high-speed crash wants some evidence tossed out. His lawyer is challenging Nevada’s marijuana DUI law as unreliable.
The widow of the man killed in the crash says she is livid.
“If you decide to get high and get behind in a vehicle, you’re now in a weapon,” said Ann Marie Echevarria. “You’re using your weapon to kill someone and that’s exactly what he did.”
Echevarria is heated after hearing attorneys for Zaon Collins are looking to dismiss charges against him.
Court documents show a motion to dismiss charges of DUI and reckless driving, saying Nevada’s laws on DUI related to marijuana are “unscientific and arbitrary.”
Echevarria doesn’t believe it.
“He was high. He was speeding and it was his decision to smoke weed whenever they think he smoked it, but it’s still in his system,” she said.
Collins was involved in a dealy crash in December that killed 52-year-old Eric Echevarria.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department investigators say Eric Echevarria’s car was hit by Collins as he made a left turn. Investigators also say Collins had a jar with a “green leafy substance” in the car and appeared high while testing positive for THC.
Collins’ lawyers sent a statement saying: “We look forward to litigating the motions in court and note that the Motion to Dismiss parallels activity presently occurring in our state legislature.”
Under current law, whether a driver is impaired or not, if a blood test shows even the slightest evidence of prior marijuana use, they will be convicted of a DUI.
The state legislature is considering a bill, AB 400 which would require evidence of driver impairment. Supporters of the bill argue that, unlike alcohol, marijuana can stay in