A Las Vegas judge said Thursday that she would decide in a week whether to dismiss a DUI case against basketball standout Zaon Collins in connection with a deadly wreck.
Collins’ attorney Richard Schonfeld argued that Collins was not impaired by marijuana at the time of a December crash that left Eric Echevarria dead.
The 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 veteran and an elementary school employee.
Echevarria, 52, died on the way to a hospital.
Las Vegas police said “a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana” was found near the driver’s seat of Collins’ vehicle during the investigation, and, according to a blood test, the basketball player had 3.0 nanograms per milliliter of THC in his system. The legal limit for drivers in Nevada is 2.0 nanograms per milliliter.
Schonfeld told Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum that the amount of marijuana found in the vehicle was “scraps, almost dust” and that the level of THC in his system was so low that it could have been consumed days before the crash.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Eric Bauman pointed to evidence that showed that the drug could still have affected Collins.
“It’s still having an effect on (a driver’s) psycho motor skills, their ability to operate a motor vehicle safely,” he said.
Collins, who played at Bishop Gorman High School before he was recruited by UNLV, was charged with DUI resulting in death and reckless driving. The case was taken before a grand jury this year.
Members of the grand jury heard from a forensic