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Police say suspect in deadly DUI crash didn't know what month it was
Updated: Apr 06, 2010 1:38 AM CDT
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) – A man is dead after being killed by a suspected intoxicated driver on Easter morning. An arrest reports says the 22-year-old suspect had been out at a club earlier in the night, drinking alcohol and popping pills.
The suspect is in jail, accused of killing Bob Childress who was simply on his way to work. Jacques Norton faces a charge of felony DUI causing death. The charge accuses him of being under the influence of drugs with enhancement of alcohol.
Police believe Norton got carried away with the prescription anti-depressant Celexa and mixed that, with a handful of mixed drinks. He was reportedly so out of it, police had to stop a field sobriety test for his own safety.
"I still feel like he's going to come and walk through the door," explained Dawn Miller, who was Childress' roommate.
Childress was on his way to work as a bus driver with Coach America charter bus service when he lost his life. He was driving northbound on Main when a police report says, Norton did not stop for a red light and hit Childress' driver side. The impact sent him flying almost 150 feet into the eastbound lanes of Charleston.
"I don't want to be angry. I'm very angry though," said Miller.
An arrest report says Norton admitted to taking five 15 mg pills of Celexa and to drinking four to five drinks of vodka tonic at the club.
The report says he blatantly told police, "I can't drive home. I'm too drunk."
When asked what the date was Norton thought it was May 1st, when it was April 4th.
"He has the rest of his life and we have the rest of our lives without Bob," said Miller.
According to the report Norton had no idea he hit another vehicle near the downtown intersection. He reportedly told police he hit a fire hydrant and wanted to know how bad his car was.
"This was not a thing, it was a person that somebody loved. He was always with us. He can never replaced. He tore apart my family" said Ariell Miller, who also lived with Childress.
On top of not knowing, what month it was and not knowing that he had hit somebody Norton reportedly also had no clue what street he was on at the time of the accident. A preliminary breathalyzer test showed his alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. Further blood tests are pending.
Childress is expected to be cremated in the days to come. His roommates describe him as a hard-working, low-key gentleman who was always willing to lend a helping hand to others.
Last year, 84 people in Nevada were killed in drunk driving accidents. 61 of those victims died in Clark County.
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