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Motorcyclist Identified in Las Vegas DUI Accident

A motorcyclist, who was killed in a Las Vegas DUI accident, has been identified as Ian Arche by the Clarke County Coroner´s Office.

Arche (40) from Las Vegas was fatally injured on 14th April when the motorcycle he was riding was involved in a collision with a Ford Explorer driven by Francisco Contreras-DeJesus (41) – also from Las Vegas. According to police reports, Contreras-DeJesus was attempting a left turn out of Pecos Road into Hacienda Avenue when the accident happened just before 6:00pm in the evening.

Witness statements indicate that, as Contreras-DeJesus pulled out from Pecos Road, Arche – who was travelling along Hacienda Avenue – lost control of his motorbike, fell from it and slid into Contreras-DeJesus´ vehicle. Arche was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he died on his injuries.

At the scene of the accident, police became aware that Contreras-DeJesus smelled of alcohol, his words were slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. He subsequently failed a field sobriety test and later a preliminary breath test. Police later charged Contreras-DeJesus with one count of felony driving under the influence resulting in death.

Contreras-DeJesus faces a jail term of between 1 and 20 years for causing Arche´s death in the Las Vegas DUI accident and, despite the stiff penalties for driving under the influence, 82 people lost their lives in a Las Vegas DUI accident in 2012 where the negligent party had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.8% or higher.

2012 was the fourth straight year in which the number of alcohol-related deaths in Nevada road traffic accidents had increased, and due to the number of repeat offenders on the roads in Nevada, road safety organizations are calling for tougher penalties for those responsible for causing a Las Vegas DUI accident and the introduction of compulsory ignition interlock devices.