Rigoberto Chavez-Solorzano, the man arrested in a car crash which resulted in the death of a mother and critically injured her 13-year-old son on Christmas Eve, may have been street racing, according to his arrest report.
Chavez-Solorano, 41, appeared in North Las Vegas Justice Court for his arraignment Thursday morning. He is facing three counts of felony reckless driving resulting in death or substantial bodily harm. The crash happened on East Lake Mead Boulevard and Palmer Street.
According to police, Chavez-Solorano was going more than twice the speed limit.
Maribel Aleman, 41, was killed in the crash. She leaves behind four children. A GoFundMe account was set up for the family.
Bail was set at $100,000. Chavez-Solorano’s attorney, Criag Mueller says he is not to blame. He asked for a court date on Jan. 3 with the option to try and reduce the bail amount. He says his client had the right of way. A surveillance video show that Aleman turned in front of Chavez-Solorano’s car.
“There is no meaningful doubt what happened here. The other car was cutting directly across West Lake Mead and went right in front of him in his lane of travel,” Mueller said. “In my opinion, the driver of the other car, in fact, is at fault for the accident.”
According to the arrest report, after the crash Chavez-Solorano’s speedometer was frozen, at the time of the collision, and showed the speed of impact at 82 miles per hour. The speed limit is 35 miles per hour. Witnesses told police, it appeared Chavez-Solorano was racing a driver in a red pick up truck.
Some neighbors say it is not unusual to see cars speeding in that area.
“To impact that car like that. If he’s far away, he can see the car coming and with that impact, he throws that car that way, the woman flew, he knows he was speeding,” said Albert Alvarez who lives nearby. “They’re racing constantly.”
A memorial at the crash site continues to grow for the victim. A family is now left praying for those still in the hospital and grieving for a life taken too soon.
A preliminary hearing in the case has been set for Jan. 10.