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Real estate exec Scott Gragson indicted for fatal crash

Posted at 1:42 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-20 00:10:19-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Real estate executive Scott Gragson has been indicted for the fatal crash that killed Melissa Newton and injured 3 other passengers on May 30 after a charity golf tournament.

Gragson has been indicted for driving under the influence resulting in death, driving under the influence resulting in substantial bodily harm and reckless driving. The crash happened near Granite Ridge and Grey Feather drives in the Summerlin area.

According to the indictment, Gragson had a concentration of alcohol of .08 or more in his blood within two hours of driving and being in physical control of a vehicle.

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The indictment charges that Gragson failed to exercise due care and was driving a high rate of speed and failing to reduce the speed through a curve.

The crash also caused substantial bodily harm to Christie Cobbett, Greg Tassi and Christopher Bentley.

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This is not the first time that Gragson has faced a DUI charge. He was also charged with a DUI in 2001 but it was reduced to reckless driving.

Gragson is the grandson of a former Las Vegas mayor and the father of a NASCAR driver.

Gragson's attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld released a statement saying: "Mr. Gragson intends on entering a not guilty plea to all charges and will litigate all the facts and issues in court."

One of the issues past participants in the Colliers golf tournament have raised concerns the amount of amount of alcohol and lack of monitoring at the event.

Participants say there was a bar at every hole on the golf course and more alcohol being served there than at other similar events they'd attended.

They also say no ride-share vouchers were offered and no one was checking to be sure those leaving were safe to drive. We asked Colliers about that but the company declined to comment.

We've also been told the Links for Life golf tournament will be discontinued but Colliers wouldn't comment on that either.

Colliers is the third largest commercial real estate firm in the world.

Gragson was listed as executive vice president of their Las Vegas land division at the time of golf tournament. His bio has since been removed from the Colliers International website and the company would not tell us if he's still employed there.