Lawyers for Las Vegas basketball standout Zaon Collins have asked a judge to throw out DUI and reckless driving charges against him in connection with a fatal wreck.
And they are accusing the 52-year-old man who died of causing the Dec. 30 crash.
The attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, want Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum to throw out blood test results and the criminal complaint against Collins, arguing that Nevada’s law on driving under the influence of marijuana is “arbitrary and unscientific.”
“We are anxious to litigate the motions that are in fact running parallel to arguments that are occurring in the Legislature,” Chesnoff said after a brief hearing Thursday, referring to a recently passed bill in the Nevada Assembly.
The judge set a hearing for July, when she could decide on whether to drop the charges against Collins, who appeared in court with his parents.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson declined to comment.
In a 43-page motion to dismiss the charges, the defense attorneys wrote that video capturing the moments of the crash showed Eric Echevarria’s sedan attempting to turn between two vehicles.
Authorities have said Collins, who played at Bishop Gorman High School and was recruited by UNLV, was driving upward of 88 mph in a 35 mph zone before his 2016 Dodge Challenger slammed into the 2016 Hyundai Accent driven by Echevarria, an Army and National Guard veteran who worked as a custodian at a local elementary school.
“The video makes it clear that there was no room for Mr. Echevarria to turn without causing a collision,” the motion states. “As a result, it was Mr. Echevarria that proximately caused the collision.”
A 911 caller also reported that while Echevarria’s sedan turned into a cul-de-sac near Fort Apache and Blue Diamond roads,