Twenty-year-old Victor Manuel Castro-Solano admitted to hitting three people Friday night after he “popped the clutch and lost control” of his car as he turned from Sahara eastbound onto the northbound lanes of Nellis Boulevard.
Forty-seven-year-old Michael Guild died in the crash. The two other victims survived.
“He was a jolly person. He helped anybody. He was kind. He never hurt anybody and he just kind of went about his life himself,” said Michael’s mother Betty Guild.
Guild’s family called him “Kid Rock”. The family believes Michael’s struggle with addiction led to his recent homelessness.
“That hurt me so bad that my brother was having such a hard time and I couldn’t help him,” said Michelle Guild. “I think he drank so he didn’t feel the pain because when my dad passed away he missed my dad so much. So, I think he drank a lot to numb that pain.”
According to his arrest report, police say Castro-Solano failed a field sobriety test Friday night. Police also suspected drug impairment.
“He’s a young guy, I understand that, he has his whole life ahead of him but he took my brother, he took my brother’s life. My brother was only 47,” said Michelle Guild.
The tragic accident raises concerns yet again about safety at local bus stops. RTC officials say they are considering steel bollards at certain locations, similar to the ones on the Las Vegas Strip. The bollards could be installed by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the Guild’s are now focusing on bringing Michael home and finding peace.
“I need for my brother to get justice for this, you know, I don’t think he should just be let out,” Michelle Guild said.
The family has set up a Go Fund Me page to help bring Michael home.