Family wants tough sentence for woman who killed Vegas man in hit-and-run DUI crash
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
He was a big man with a big heart. That is a how a family describes a Las Vegas man who was hit and killed while out for a jog.
Prosecutors say Whitney Greco had alcohol and marijuana in her system when she hit 29-year-old Adan Cohen in June of 2016 and then drove away.
Cohen’s family made the more than a 7,000 mile trip from Israel to Las Vegas to face Greco for the first time in a local courtroom.
A judge will soon decide how Greco should pay for the crime.
Inbal Tuval, Cohen’s sister, told Greco she destroyed her family.
“That was my little brother. My only brother. He was my best friend,” said Inbal Tuval.
Greco stood sobbing as she listened to Tuval talk about her brother and the crash that killed him.
“I’m only thinking about his dragging under her car, for so many miles, and then lying there all alone for 7 hours,” said Tuval.
The crash happened on West Sunset Road near the 215 on the Southwest side of Las Vegas.
Police said Greco hit Adan and then kept driving before hitting another car, and then a light pole.
“He was a big man. He did big things and he believed good things happen to good people. He didn’t deserve that,” noted Tuval.
Greco broke down in tears as she apologized to the court. “I just want to say, I’m so, so sorry. There are no words that I can say. I’m just so sorry. I wish I could do something to take their pain away, but I can’t and I’m sorry,” said Whitney Greco.
Outside of court, Tuval said Greco’s apology meant little, coming from someone who chose to drink and get behind the wheel.
“If you really want to apologize, look at my parents. Look them in the eyes and tell them that you’re sorry. I know it’s gonna be hard for you. But it’s going to be hard for ten seconds and it’s going to be hard for us the rest of our lives,” explained Tuval.
With the help of an interpreter, Cohen’s father, Mosae Cohen, told Greco the pain he felt has never gone away.
“She killed my son and I can’t accept it. I feel like they took off my arm and feet and didn’t even numb them,” said Mosae Cohen. “I want whoever did that to my son to pay a heavy price for that and to feel what we feel every day,” he continued.
Greco is set to be sentenced January 3rd. She faces up to 15 years in prison.
“I want justice. I just want justice. Nothing will bring my brother back,” said Tuval.