A Las Vegas judge has refused to dismiss a DUI case against basketball standout Zaon Collins in connection with a deadly wreck.
Collins’ attorney Richard Schonfeld argued last week that Collins was not impaired by marijuana at the time of a December crash that left Eric Echevarria dead.
But Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum denied the motion in an order handed down late Monday.
The Dec. 30 collision occurred near Fort Apache and Blue Diamond roads in southwest Las Vegas. Authorities have said Collins, 19 at the time, was driving his 2016 Dodge Challenger at nearly 90 mph in a 35 mph zone when he crashed into a 2016 Hyundai Accent driven by Echevarria, a military veteran and an elementary school employee.
Echevarria, 52, died on the way to a hospital.
Collins, who played at Bishop Gorman High School before he was recruited by UNLV, was charged with DUI resulting in death and reckless driving.
Echevarria was an Army and National Guard veteran who grew up in New York City and had called Las Vegas home for about two decades. He is survived by his wife, a teenage son, four adult stepchildren, six grandchildren, a sister and an older brother.
Earlier this year, a grand jury heard from a forensic scientist for the Metropolitan Police Department, who testified that there have not been enough studies to show when Collins might have consumed the marijuana found in his system.
The grand jury in March declined to indict Collins on the DUI charge but approved one count of reckless driving. Prosecutors continued to pursue both counts in Justice Court, and are expected to move forward with a preliminary hearing, where the judge would decide whether prosecutors have enough evidence to take the case to trial.
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