UPDATE: UNLV Men’s Basketball head coach T.J. Otzelberger announced that Zaon Collins will not be joining the team following deadly DUI crash.
UNLV Athletics and coach Otzelberger released the following statement:
“We have talked with the Collins family and have come to the mutual decision that it is in the best interest of everyone that Zaon focus on his other priorities and will not be joining our program. It is a tragic situation and our hearts and prayers go out to all that have been impacted.”
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — A top UNLV basketball recruit was arrested on suspicion of DUI after a fatal crash Wednesday afternoon in the southwest valley.
Zaon Collins, 19, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center after showing signs of impairment, police said.
In court hearing Thursday, Collins appeared before a judge to hear charges for DUI and reckless driving. The judge granted Collins’ release under monitoring following the state of Nevada’s request for remand and $150,000 bail. The judge cited Collins’ strong ties to the community. Collins will be back in court on January 7.
Zaon Collins, 19. (LVMPD)
According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, the crash occurred near south Fort Apache Road and Furnace Gulch Avenue at 3:23 p.m. on Dec. 30.
A 2016 Dodge Challenger was speeding south on Fort Apache, police said, approaching a left-turning 2016 Hyundai Accent from the south. The front of the Dodge hit the passenger side of the Hyundai.
Police said both vehicles slid off the road. The Dodge driver, later identified as Collins, was taken to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries.
According to an arrest report, a jar containing a “green, leafy substance” was found in Collin’s front passenger side of