UNLV basketball recruit Zaon Collins tested positive for marijuana following deadly crash

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — UNLV basketball recruit Zaon Collins was over the legal limit for marijuana and speeding when he was involved in a crash that claimed the life of a 52-year-old man.

According to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, “The DUI charge stems from the fact that Mr. Collins tested positive for 3.0 ng/ML of THC (marijuana).  Anything above 2.0 ng/ML is considered impaired.”

Collins, 19, was also “traveling 85 miles per hour in a residential area with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour.  His speed at the time of impact was over 60 miles per hour,” the news release said. 

He reportedly told investigators the other vehicle turned in front of him.

Collins was formally charged with felony DUI resulting in death and reckless driving Thursday morning for the crash on Dec. 30 near Fort Apache and Blue Diamond road that killed Eric Echevarria.

Deadly crash at at Fort Apache and Furnace Gulch. The crash was allegedly caused by Zaon Collins who police said was driving under the influence.

Collins who was released from custody did not appear in court after the judge waived his appearance. His lawyers were there on his behalf and released the following the statement.

“Zaon maintains his innocence and is entitled to a fair and just court process in determining all of the circumstances of the accident. His case will be decided by the rule of the law and not media speculation or emotional reactions.”

Attorneys for Zaon Collins

Collins, who was released from custody, did not have to post bail, according to his attorney Richard Schonfeld. He was released with high-level monitoring and is required to stay out of trouble, not drive and abstain from the consumption of alcohol or drugs.

 “Here we are once more talking about the tragic and avoidable loss of one of our residents because of the senseless actions of an impaired driver” said Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson.  “Regardless of your age or status in our community, if you cause the death of another person because you were acting recklessly and driving impaired, my office will seek justice.”

If convicted of the charges, Collins faces 2 – 20 years in prison for the DUI charge and 1 – 6 years in prison for the reckless driving charge.

Preliminary hearing Feb. 17 at 8 a.m.

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