Prelim hearing continued for man accused of DUI crash that killed Uber driver, passenger
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
The man accused of driving under the influence and causing a crash that killed an Uber passenger and his driver had the date of his preliminary hearing pushed back on Tuesday.
In court today, 33-year-old Patrick Lacy appeared before the judge in police custody. Lacy is charged with two counts of DUI resulting in death, held behind bars on a $500,000 bail.
Lacy is accused of running a red light and then crashing into the Uber car driven by 56-year-old Uber driver, Alexander Rousakov. The 36-year-old passenger, Alex Ridley, had ordered the ride only minutes before the violent crash. Rousakov and Ridley were pronounced dead at the scene.
Prosecutors believe Lacy had alcohol and marijuana in his system when he ran a red light, slamming into the Uber on West Spring Mountain Road near Polaris Avenue.
We have learned that Rousakov was a father and a grandfather who served as an officer in the Russian military. Ridley’s family says he was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq after 9/11.
"My nephew had the sense of mind to call an Uber to get home from work. But this drunk driver chose not to call an uber to get him home when he was drinking and driving," said Ridley's aunt, Ophelia Ridley Jones.
In court on Tuesday, state attorneys say a witness did not show up to testify as scheduled and that they were not able to get a recording of the 911 calls made from the scene as planned.
The state is asking the judge for more time to contact the witness and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The judge granted the request and reset the preliminary hearing to Oct. 30.