'Lucky to call him my father': Local casino dealer killed by suspected drunk driver
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
That’s the bail for a Las Vegas man accused of killing a longtime Strip casino dealer in a drunk driving crash.
“It’s definitely not a good feeling. It's not where I want to be,” said Jessica Cloonan.
Inside a Clark County courtroom Friday morning, Jessica Cloonan sat less than 30 feet away from the man accused of killing her dad.
“He was loving and kind and lucky to call him my father,” said Jessica Cloonan.
Jim Cloonan was a well-known dealer at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.
The father of three was killed early Wednesday morning by an accused drunk driver near UNLV.
The crash happened at 3 a.m. at Flamingo and Swenson, near UNLV.
“There's so many people that loved him and are sad about this so it's definitely taken a toll,” explained Cloonan.
The suspect, Steven Terry, sat quietly in a wheelchair inside a Clark County courtroom. The 31-year-old personal trainer is still recovering from the crash.
An LVMPD arrest report reveals Terry smelled of alcohol. He told officers he was at Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club before the crash.
Prosecutor Eric Bauman said Terry was speeding before the crash.
According to Bauman, witnesses said Terry was driving more than 120 miles an hour before he ran a red light, crashing into Cloonan’s car.
“The defendant, according to witnesses, got out of the vehicle and tried to run from the scene,” said Eric Bauman.
Terry sat and listened as attorneys debated his future and whether he should be let out on bail.
In the end, Judge Suzan Baucum had the last word, setting his bail at $100,000.
“I do believe that you are a danger to the court. As evidenced by your actions here,” said Judge Suzan Baucum.
As for Cloonan, she couldn’t agree more, after her dad’s drive home from work ended in tragedy.
“I know two lives were definitely ruined and unfortunately, my family and I got the worst end of that, but he's going to have to live with this the rest of his life and I don't think that's easy either,” said Cloonan
If convicted, Terry could face up to 20 years in prison. He will be back in court November 8.
Cloonan’s kids are raising money in his honor. If you’d like to donate, click here.