A police analysis of a vehicle driven by UNLV basketball recruit Zaon Collins indicates the car was traveling 88 mph in a 35 mph zone just seconds prior to a fatal crash last week.
Las Vegas Justice Court records also show Collins, 19, has been cited four times for traffic violations, including two for speeding, since 2017. However, he currently has only one speeding conviction on file with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, according to DMV records.
Collins is expected to appear in Justice Court on Thursday morning to learn whether Clark County prosecutors will pursue charges of driving while impaired and reckless driving in the Dec. 30 crash that killed Eric Echevarria, 52. Collins’ attorneys, Richard Schonfeld and David Chesnoff, said no criminal charges had been filed as of Wednesday.
“Until charges are actually filed and a thorough investigation has been conducted, people should not rush to judgment,” the attorneys said in an email to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Police said Echevarria, of Las Vegas, was attempting to make a left turn when his 2016 Hyundai Accent was struck by Collins’ 2016 Dodge Challenger near Fort Apache Road and Blue Diamond Road. Echevarria was pronounced deceased at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.
Collins, a star basketball player at Bishop Gorman High School and the top recruit of this year’s UNLV class, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and reckless driving causing death. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure ordered Collins released from jail Thursday on “the highest level” of electronic monitoring and ordered him not to drive and to abstain from alcohol and drugs.
Police said in his arrest report that they found a green leafy substance in his Challenger and that Collins exhibited signs “which were consistent with being under the influence