Two people are dead and another man is in custody following a suspected DUI-related accident. Nevada Highway Patrol have not released the identities of the two individuals who were killed in the accident. However, they have indicated their intention to charge the other driver involved in the accident with drunk driving.
According to the accident report, a vehicle was either in the process of slowing down or had come to a complete stop when it was rear-ended by another vehicle around 10 p.m. the night of April 23. Two people in the struck vehicle were rushed to local hospitals where they later died of their injuries. Their identities have not been released, pending the notification of next-of-kin.
The other driver is alleged to have fled on foot from the scene, but he was later recovered and taken to a local hospital for treatment. He now faces charges of DUI resulting in death, hit-and-run, and a number of other misdemeanor charges. He has been booked into jail as of this report.
It will be up to the Nevada prosecution to prove to the court that the man was drunk behind the wheel of his vehicle when the accident occurred. Tests for drunk driving charges, including blood and Breathalyzer tests, are not 100 percent foolproof and can sometimes give back misleading or even incorrect indications of intoxication at the time of an accident. Conducting such a test later can skew the results against a defendant. The defense may choose to consider this when preparing for this case.
Source: rgj.com, “2 dead in Sparks collision caused by suspected drunken driver“, April 24, 2016