This accident happened in 2009, but it is a story worth repeated because it serves as a great reminder of the consequences of getting behind the wheel intoxicated.
The Las Vegas Sun says it only took a jury about 15 minutes to find Vladimir Lagerev guilty in the 2009 DUI-related death of a UNLV student & Coronado High School grad. His blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit when he hit the 18-year-old girl head-on after traveling the wrong way on an interstate ramp. Lindsay Bennett was a member of the Rebel Girls dance team and an architectural design student at UNLV.
Lagerev, a native of Russia, is a professional dancer himself. He has performed at the Los Angeles Classical Ballet, and once was a guest on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. He faces 20 years in prison.
Since her death, Bennett’s family and friends have worked with the UNLV men’s basketball team to form a memorial program called LB3. As part of the program, pledges can be made for every 3-point shot made by the basketball team. The RJ says pledges are donated for several programs meant to raise awareness about the consequences of drinking and driving, as well as to provide a scholarship to UNLV for a Coronado student and an endowment for a future Rebel Girl.
Of course, my condolences and thoughts are with her family.
-Edward M Bernstein and Associates
Man found guilty in DUI death of UNLV Rebel Girl
By Dave Toplikar
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 | 4:54 p.m.
A Clark County jury took only 15 minutes Tuesday afternoon to find Vladimir Lagerev guilty in the 2009 DUI-related death of a female UNLV student. Lagerev was charged after traveling on the wrong way of an interstate exit ramp and causing a head-on collision that led to the death of Lindsay Bennett, an 18-year-old member of the Rebel Girls’ dance team and a 2008 Coronado High School graduate.
Find this article at: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/mar/01/man-found-guilty-dui-death-unlv-rebel-girl/