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UNLV recruit Zaon Collins charged with DUI in deadly west Las Vegas crash

Posted at 6:53 AM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 16:36:56-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — UNLV basketball recruit Zaon Collins has been charged with felony DUI resulting in death stemming from a Dec. 30, 2020, crash in west Las Vegas.

Collins' lawyers appeared in court Thursday on his behalf and requested a preliminary hearing which is scheduled for Feb. 17.

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Police say Collins was intoxicated and driving nearly 90 mph in a 35 mph speed zone when he crashed into another driver on Fort Apache Road near Blue Diamond Road.

Eric Echevarria, 52, was killed in the crash.

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The Clark County district attorney office says it has filed a criminal complaint against Collins, charging him with one count of DUI resulting in death (2-20 years in prison), and one count of reckless driving (1-6 years in prison).

The DUI charge stems from Collins testing positive for 3.0 ng/ML of THC (marijuana). Anything above 2.0 ng/ML is considered impaired, according to the DA.

“Here we are once more talking about the tragic and avoidable loss of one of our residents because of the senseless actions of an impaired driver,” said Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson. “Regardless of your age or status in our community, if you cause the death of another person because you were acting recklessly and driving impaired, my office will seek justice.”