Suspect pleads not guilty in a car crash that killed a Filipino doctor

LAS VEGAS, NV — 25-year-old Kevin Raspperry appeared in a wheelchair a district court judge — as he pleaded ‘not guilty’ to 3 counts of reckless driving, 4 counts of driving under the influence, 2 counts of possession of controlled substance, and 2 counts of second degree murder resulting in the death of Fil-Am Marcial Escobia Jr.

According to police reports, the 65-year-old doctor from Bohol was killed on the morning of October 27, after Raspperry ran a red light at a high speed — crashing his vehicle onto Escobia’s.

Escobia’s vehicle reportedly went into a roll and struck 3 other vehicles.

Escobia died from his injuries at a hospital.

Escobia’s wife Nimfa, his passenger at that time, is still in critical condition.

“Very tough we know that we have to go through the struggle, our pain is definitely permanent but we have to stay strong. For Kevin Raspberry your decision, your decision did not just impact one family — it impacted many more.”

In a report from the district attorney’s office. Raspperry’s blood alcohol level during the crash was 0.205 — more than 2 and a half times the legal limit.

Raspperry also tested positive for methamphetamine, ecstasy and marijuana.

Raspperry reportedly has 2 prior DUI convictions.

“Mr. Raspperry’s blood-alcohol level after the crash was .205 (.08 is the legal limit), and he also tested positive for methamphetamine, ecstasy and marijuana. Raspperry has two prior DUI convictions in Clark County since 2012, which demonstrates his total disregard for the law.”

The Nevada state prosecutor representing the Escobia family said this case is moving fast.

“This is a young man who has already been convicted of DUI twice. And one of his prior convictions similar to this case it was alleged that he drove a high speed in a red light a drive through a collision thankfully no one was injured and killed. But this is someone who should’ve learned their lesson and just didn’t and we are dealing with someone who been through the system and didn’t cared to change his behavior.”

“We will aggresively prosecute it like we do with this tragic DUI deaths.”

During the hearing, family and friends showed Marcial’s pictures to let Rassperry see the impact of his careless actions.

Raspperry’s bail was originally set for $100,000. But Nevada prosecutors are calling for a much higher bail as Raspperry remains in custody at the Clark detention center.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Escobia family during these difficult times.

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