A 29-year-old man is facing serious charges after a car accident that killed a motorcyclist on Oct. 3, according to local sources. The man was arrested by Nevada authorities and charged with DUI as well as several other related charges. His bail has been set at $100,000, and he remains in custody as of this report.
The accident report notes that the man was traveling southbound on Interstate 15 alongside a motorcycle headed in the same direction on the morning in question. The man is described by witnesses as having been driving recklessly, causing him to allegedly lose control of the vehicle. The car spun into the adjoining lane, striking the motorcycle and hurling its rider onto the highway.
The 43-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The car continued on before striking a concrete wall. A passenger in the vehicle was badly hurt and rushed to a local hospital for treatment. The driver seems to have escaped injury. He was arrested and charged with DUI causing death, DUI causing bodily harm and two counts of reckless driving causing bodily harm and/or death.
No mention was made in the report of how Nevada police determined the man may have been drunk at the time of the accident. Given the severity of a DUI charge and the implications if the man is ultimately found guilty, prosecutors will be required to provide compelling evidence of guilt. Without evidence of an elevated blood alcohol level according to applicable law, the charges against the man could be reduced or, in some cases, even dropped altogether.
Source: news3lv.com, “Bail set at $100K for suspect in deadly DUI crash on I-15 near Russell“, Kyndell Nunley and Tony Garcia, Oct. 5, 2016