Driver Faces DUI Charges After Taking Illicit Drugs and Killing Two Teens

August 15, 2020 | Ed Bernstein
Driver Faces DUI Charges After Taking Illicit Drugs and Killing Two Teens According to an arrest report from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, the driver involved in a crash killing two Las Vegas teens Monday night had consumed multiple illicit drugs before driving home.  The woman, identified as Ebone Whitaker, 38, was arrested on multiple charges after the incident, which took place Aug. 3 near Maryland Parkway and Katie Avenue. Two 16-year-old girls were crossing in a marked crosswalk when they were struck by a car, police said. Both teens died as a result of the crash. According to an arrest report, a 2012 gray Mercedes was traveling southbound on Maryland Parkway. Witnesses said the car was traveling faster than the flow of traffic. Whitaker reportedly drove onto the sidewalk to pass a vehicle stopped at a red light and hit a street sign. She then proceeded to drive onto the crosswalk and hit the girls before hitting a tree, knocking it over. A witness told police Whitaker exited the car and seemed “out of it.” One teen was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. The other was transported to the hospital, where she later died. Whitaker sustained a broken arm and cuts from the crash, according to the arrest report. When police spoke to Whitaker at the hospital, she said she couldn't remember the crash, according to the report. Whitaker said she had two beers at a friend’s house, but had consumed methamphetamine, heroin, and PCP earlier in the day. She also admitted to smoking marijuana just prior to getting in the car, the report said. "Whitaker began crying and stated she was sorry," after police told her two teen girls died due to the crash, the report said. Whitaker faces two charges of DUI resulting in death, two charges of reckless driving, and other traffic charges. Whitaker could not attend a Thursday court hearing due to still being in the hospital, according to court records. The judge has not granted her bail.  Ed Bernstein handles personal injury cases in Las Vegas for you and your loved ones. Our experienced personal injury lawyers focus on protecting the rights of injured victims and people living with a disability. Just call 702-996-3917. If you or a loved one are involved in an accident, our team of experienced accident lawyers will be on your side, ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve from the insurance company for your injuries, medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, or disability. No matter the cause of your injury, the lawyers at Edward M. Bernstein & Associates can help you. Call 702-996-3917 for a free consultation. Note: These posts are created using publicly available (secondary) sources. The information has not been independently verified. If you see any information that should be corrected, please bring it to our attention, and we will make adjustments. The photos included in these posts do not represent the actual accident scene.


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Edward M. Bernstein, Esq. is the owner and founding partner of Edward M. Bernstein & Associates, and one of the most recognizable figures in Nevada. Ed is one of state’s premier personal injury attorneys and has hosted The Ed Bernstein Show for over 31 years. He has served the Las Vegas community for decades with dozens of community appointments and terms of service. In the year 2000, he was Nevada’s Democratic nominee for the United States Senate.

Ed received his B.A. from Long Island University in 1971 and his J.D. from Widener University in 1975. Since then, Ed’s professional accolades include numerous publications, honors and awards, court appointments, and has been named one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.