DUI driver Gary Lee Hosey has bail set at $4M for his role in the fatal bus stop crash on 9-13-12 that killed 4 people and wounded 8.
Gary Lee Hosey, who was driving a 2001 Monte Carlo, was observed by witnesses speeding at a very high rate of speed when he crashed into the bus stop enclosure. Some witnesses estimated the rate of speed that he was traveling at was 100 MPH.
He was initially booked in absentia because he was one of the 8 people injured.
Hosey’s first court appearance was on Monday, 9-18-12, where he was seen crying in the courtroom and his request for bail was denied.
There hasn’t been a lot of sympathy for the driver responsible responsible for snuffing out 4 lives.
Hosey did not have a Nevada license and failed to appear in court for speeding when he was stopped previously. He was ordered to obtain a license and attend traffic school . He did neither.
Initial reports said that his blood alcohol level was in excess of the 8.0 legal limit in Nevada although authorities did not release the exact readings and there is some controversy as to what his blood alcohol level was at the time of the crash.
8 News Now says that a police report shows that Hosey had marijuana in his system and a little less than the legal limit of alcohol in his blood when the test was taken approximately 2 hours after the crash.
The District Attorney’s office and the Prosecution each allegedly have blood tests that show different results which, some allege, may be the result of faulty equipment.
Steven Wolfson, the Clark County District Attorney says that there is a third blood test that shows Hosey was above the legal limit and that the third blood test was taken prior to the other 2 tests.
Although it may sound confusing, and it is, it seems that both sides agree that Hosey had alcohol in his system and marijuana.
If for some reason there was an issue with the testing equipment, Hosey can still face serious jail time for driving while under the influence as evidenced by the very controversial sentence that Jessica Williams received.
Back in March 2000, 21 year old Jessica Williams was driving a car on Interstate 15 and plowed into a group of six teenagers picking up trash killing all six of them.
The state had contended that Jessica Williams was under the influence of drugs. The former stripper had used the drug Ecstasy 10 hours before the crash and smoked marijuana 2 hours before the crash.
The jury ruled that Williams was not impaired while driving.
Because she had trace amounts of illegal drugs (marijuana) in her system, Jessica Williams was convicted of DUI due to driving with the prohibited substances in her blood.
In February 2001, due to Nevada’s tough laws, she received a sentence of 18 to 48 years.
Jessica Williams maintains that she simply fell asleep at the wheel.
Nevada State law says that a person is impaired if they have 2 nanograms of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in their blood.
Jessica Williams’ blood contained 5.5 nanograms of THC, along with trace amounts of the drug Ecstasy.
1 nanogram = one billionth (1/1,000,000,000) gram
1 nanogram is equivalent to 0.001 micrograms
People who smoke marijuana regularly can have more than 2 nanograms of THC in their blood, even when they are not impaired.
To find out more about this type of testing you can read the article by Pot critic William Breathes.
In his court appearance today, DUI Driver Gary Lee Hosey had bail set at $4 million.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on October 19.