LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The woman accused of drinking and doing drugs before hitting and killing two Las Vegas teenagers one week ago was denied bail in court Monday.
Ebone Whitaker, 38, made her first court appearance today, where her lawyer shared she is a mother of five children, ages 7 to 22, and has lived in Las Vegas for the past 15 years.
Whitaker has 41 misdemeanor convictions and 18 failures to appear in court dating back to 2005.
She missed two court dates last week because she was in the hospital with injuries from the crash.
Whitaker faces several charges, including DUI resulting in death and reckless driving.
The judge denied bail due to the nature of the case and risk.
According to an arrest report, Whitaker admitted to having two beers, heroin, PCP, marijuana and meth before the deadly crash at Maryland Parkway and Katie Avenue. A witness at the crash scene said Whitaker looked “out of it.”
Citlali Mora and Nelly Amaya-Ramirez, both 16, were hit and killed as they crossed a street in a marked crosswalk.
The arrest report said Whitaker’s vehicle struck a sign, drove onto the sidewalk, went through the crosswalk and hit another car. In all five vehicles were involved in the crash.
Whitaker’s lawyer also stated during court Monday that she recently started a new job at a staffing agency. Her preliminary hearing is set for August 24 at 8 a.m.