A woman who pleaded guilty in a crash that killed an 8-year-old boy was sentenced to at least 26 years in prison Wednesday.
Aylin Alderette, who also uses the name Aylin Alvarez-Perez, was sentenced to 26 to 65 years in prison on charges of second-degree murder and driving under the influence resulting in substantial bodily harm in the August crash near Harmon and Eastern avenues.
Alderette told police she was late for work, and vehicle computer records showed she was driving 103 mph before the Aug. 31 crash that killed Levi Echenique and injured his parents. She had four times the legal limit of marijuana in her system.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson released a statement regarding the sentencing.
“While we all prepare to celebrate the holidays with our family and friends, this is a solemn reminder that one bad decision can drastically change many lives. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be deadly, and there are consequences for those who cause these tragic crashes. I offer my deepest condolences to the Echenique family for their loss and suffering. To the Las Vegas community, I beg you to avoid this type of tragedy by planning ahead if you will be drinking or ingesting any type of drugs, including prescriptions. Select a designated driver, use a ride-sharing service, take a cab or a bus, but please do not risk your life or the lives of those on the road with you.”
Wolfson believes that this is a precedent-setting case because this is the first time in Nevada that a person has been convicted of murder for causing a deadly car crash.