"She is an animal. She cannot be free." Family of hit-and-run victim demands justice
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
The family of a 29-year-old man, run over and dragged underneath a car driven by a suspected drunk driver, is demanding justice.
On Friday, Whitney Greco, 25, appeared in court for the first time. The accused driver's defense attorneys argued that their client deserves to be free, but the family of Idan Cohen couldn't disagree more.
"I lost all my life. I don't have, I feel now that I don't have nothing," said Levana Cohen, Idan Cohen's mother.
Levana Cohen made the long trip from Israel to Las Vegas not to visit, but instead to bury her son. The Las Vegas businessman lost his life on Tuesday night as he was on a night jog near Sunset and Fort Apache.
In the courtroom on Friday, Whitney Greco seemed nervous and jittery as a judge listened to her bail plea. Police say Greco ran Cohen down and dragged him underneath her car as she sped away from the scene.
"She is an animal. She cannot be free. She run away from there. She leave my son there! She's an animal! She cannot be free," said Cohen.
Since the night of Cohen's death there have been daily gatherings to remember the man who made a difference. Michal Yosef said she will never forget waiting seven hours to find out that her fiancée died.
"We were supposed to get married in August. All my life. All my future. She took it away," said Yosef.
Metro police said Greco failed field sobriety tests at the crash scene. During Friday's hearing, it was made clear that no charges have been filed against Greco while investigators wait for her blood alcohol tests to arrive.
"It's insane to think this person can be free. It's insane because she doesn't deserve it. She deserves to spend her life in prison," said Yosef.
Family members said Cohen was an excellent guitarist and musician.
Rabbi Levi Wilhelm said it's not just Cohen's talents but his giving spirit that will never be forgotten. Wilhelm told News 3 that Cohen took care of the poor.
"All we could say, God takes the best. Holy soul. Heart of gold. It's just a tragedy," said Wilhelm.
The Cohen's plan to attend every court hearing to make sure Greco never sees the light of day.
"I want that she feel a lot of pain," said Cohen.
FUNERAL SERVICE FOR IDAN COHEN
Idan Cohen will be buried Tuesday, July 5, in his native country of Israel. Idan's body will be leaving Las Vegas on Sunday morning, July 3.
As the hearse makes its way to the airport, it will stop at his Synagogue to allow his Las Vegas friends and family to gather for prayers and to pay their last respects.
The service will be held Sunday morning, 8:45 am at Chabad Southwest, 5651 S. Grand Canyon Dr., Suite 110. For more information contact Rabbi Levi, 702-205-7568.