Update: New details have been released in the suspected DUI crash that killed a 20-year-old motorcyclist earlier this month.
According to an arrest report sent by the LVMPD, Samuel Gonzalez, 31, was driving home from “Mr. G’s” bar, where he was drinking and playing pool when the crash happened.
The report stated that Gonzalez told police that he was driving behind another truck, and followed that truck when it turned left from westbound Tropicana Avenue onto Palm Street.
Gonzalez told police that he did not see Dylan Engle or his motorcycle. The report stated that the front of the motorcycle hit the right front wheel and fender of the truck.
According to the report, after the crash, Gonzalez immediately called 911 and attempted to render aid to Engle, who was “draped across his truck’s bed rail.”
Arriving officers said that Gonzalez had “glassy eyes” and they could smell an odor of “an unknown alcoholic beverage” on him. Officers conducted a set of field sobriety tests and collected blood samples.
Gonzalez faces charges of DUI resulting in substantial bodily injury, reckless driving resulting in substantial bodily injury, and failure to yield the right of way involving a left turn.
His next court hearing will be on June 15.
Below is the original story from June 9.
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A 20-year-old motorcyclist has died over a week after being struck by a car whose driver faces DUI charges, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
On Thursday, June 1, at around 11:35 p.m., the motorcyclist was traveling east on Tropicana Avenue when he was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 31-year-old Samuel Gonzalez.
Gonzalez made a left turn onto South Palm Street in front of the motorcycle, causing the crash. Police said Gonzalez showed signs of impairment. He was arrested for DUI.
The motorcyclist was transported to Sunrise Hospital’s trauma unit for his life-threatening injuries. According to Metro, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on June 7.
He was later identified as Dylan Engle, 20, of Las Vegas. His cause of death has not yet been released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
According to Clark County Detention records, Gonzalez is facing charges of DUI resulting in substantial bodily injury, reckless driving resulting in substantial bodily injury, and failure to yield right of way involving a left turn.
As of publication, Gonzalez is no longer in jail. He is currently on house arrest. His next court hearing will be on June 15.
The motorcyclist’s death marks the 56th traffic-related fatality in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s jurisdiction for the year 2023.