UPDATE: Prized UNLV recruit faces DUI charge in fatal crash after marijuana found in car

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Zaon Collins, the 19-year-old arrested after a crash that killed another man Wednesday night in the southwest valley, is a prized UNLV basketball recruit who starred at Bishop Gorman High School.

Collins is charged with DUI resulting in death, and reckless driving resulting in death. He appeared in court Thursday afternoon, where a judge released him with no bail. He is required to have electronic monitoring, and he is due to appear again in one week.

He is not allowed to drive under terms of his release.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office on Thursday identified the man who was killed in the crash as Eric Echevarria, 52.

Officers at the scene reported finding a “jar containing a green leafy substance” on the passenger-side floor of Collins’ car. They reported Collins displayed signs “consistent with being under the influence of marijuana.”

Officers obtained a search warrant by telephone and took two blood samples from Collins — one at 4:52 p.m. and another an hour later.

Information contained in an arrest report says the car driven by Collins — a gray 2016 Dodge Challenger with the personalized Nevada plate “ZSLUM” — was going 88 mph two seconds before the collision. The posted speed limit there is 35 mph, according to the report.

Collins is due in court today, where he will be arraigned on charges related to the crash.

Collins showed signs of impairment, Metro police said.

The UNLV Athletic Department issued a statement on Thursday regarding Collins: “We are aware of the tragic event that occurred yesterday and are in the process of gathering more information. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those impacted.”

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