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Zaon Collins hearing rescheduled for March in deadly DUI crash

ZAON COLLINS
Posted at 5:51 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 15:50:15-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A former UNLV basketball recruit charged with DUI in a deadly crash was expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning.

However, 19-year-old Zaon Collins' hearing was rescheduled due to a motion to continue by the defense. And the court has reset the preliminary hearing to March 18 at 8 a.m.

Prosecutors say Collins was high when he caused that crash in December 2020 that killed 52-year-old Eric Echevarria. The 19-year-old is charged with one count of DUI resulting in death and one count of reckless driving.

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Collins was released from jail the day after his December 2020 arrest. He was sent home with electronic monitoring, a drug-testing patch, and no driving privileges.

Las Vegas police say on the morning of Dec. 30, Collins was driving more than 85 mph in a 35 mph zone. Police say when Collins hit Eric Echevarria’s car, he was still going 60 mph.

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The district attorney later said Collins tested positive for marijuana in his system.

Echevarria’s wife says the family plans to attend Collins' court appearances.