Deadly trend: Suspected DUI driver arrested following crash that killed 2 brothers
The crash highlights a deadly trend on Las Vegas Valley roads.
“They were on their way to get me a birthday gift,” said Sharithea Everett, the boys' mother.
The collision occurred at 8:12 p.m. Saturday on South Rainbow Boulevard north of Yorktown Road, near Smoke Ranch.
Police say Willie Worthams, 25, was drunk and speeding in a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. Officers say Robert Sean Roberts and Jermaine Asher were making an illegal U-turn when Worthams struck their 2010 Hyundai Sonata.
"The Chevrolet appeared to have been traveling grossly over the posted speed limit of 35 mph," Las Vegas Metropolitan Police stated in a news release.
Everett is sharing her story of love and loss in the hope it will inspire others to consider the consequences before they decide to drink and drive.
“You’re flying down a residential street – it’s 35 miles per hour – and they took my best friends from me,” she said.
Everett is stunned by the loss of her sons. Roberts was 23, Asher, 22.
“I was a single mom and I made sure they was not a product of the streets,” said Everett. “They were determined not to be the average black young men in America,” she continued.
Both were young men with a future. Roberts was eager to start his own clothing line, while Asher was the backbone of the family.
“They strived to be different ... highly intelligent, on the path to becoming successful young men,” said Jimmy Wilson, the victims’ uncle.
The leftover wreckage in the road tells the story of a gruesome, high-speed collision, with debris and glass cluttering the asphalt.
New numbers from the Department of Public Safety show drunk driving crashes are up nearly 10 percent this year in Clark County. Erin Breen dedicates her life to making our roads safer. She says that number is deceiving and will likely go up, because it can take months to get data back.
“It's infuriating to me that we're still seeing people die in alcohol- or other drug-impaired crashes, because you have so many options available to you,” said Breen. “If it's too difficult for you to press a button on your phone and have Uber or Lyft come pick you up, then that's a pretty indication of what impaired driving does to your judgment,” she explained.
Thanks to ride-share services, it’s never been easier to get around. Breen said drunk driving is inexcusable and selfish.
“It's totally selfish. The convenience of having their car with them outweighs your life, basically,” she continued.
Police say Worthams displayed signs of impairment and was arrested for two counts of driving under the influence involving death, and two counts of reckless driving involving death.
It’s a tragedy forcing a mother to bury not one, but two of her sons.
“You ripped my entire soul out of my body,” said Everett.