Suspect in deadly multi-car crash has prior DUI convictions

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man accused of driving drunk and causing a deadly, seven-car crash remains hospitalized, but a judge set his bail at $100,000 Monday morning. Kevin Raspperry, 34, is facing eight counts.

During the court hearing it was learned that Raspperry has had two prior DUI convictions. One in 2013 and another in 2017.

The Sunday morning crash left one person dead and another in critical condition. The Clark County Coroner identified the man killed as 65-year-old Marcial Escobia. UMC said his passenger, Nimfa Escobia, is still in critical condition.

Family members told 8 News Now reporter Orko Manna off camera they are devastated by what happened and hope Nimfa recovers soon.

Metro Police say Raspperry was impaired and speeding when he drove through a red light at Tropicana Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard and hit a Nissan Pathfinder. That vehicle crashed into other vehicles including a RTC bus.

Four other people, including the driver of the bus, were hospitalized for minor injuries.

Should Raspperry make bail, Judge Ann Zimmerman said he would be put on house arrest, alcohol monitoring and ordered not to drive.

“This is at least his third arrest for DUI,” said Zimmerman. “Because of that, I believe he poses a serious danger to the community.”

Police say they are frustrated with the number of deadly DUI crashes.

“The problem with these is that so many of them are preventable. It’s bad decision-making. Somebody decided to drive after they had too much to drink, and it’s going to cost somebody their life, it’s possibly going to cost a second person their life, and it’s just unacceptable,” said Captain Jason Letkiewicz, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

This is the 86th traffic related death in Metro’s jurisdiction this year. That’s down from 118 at the same time last year.

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