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Judge orders driver in fatal bus stop crash held without bail


Steve Marcus

Gary Lee Hosey Jr., the suspected driver of a car that crashed into a bus stop on Spring Mountain Road Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, makes an initial appearance at the Regional Justice Center Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Attorney Caitlyn McAmis is at right. Four people died and eight were injured in the accident.

Gary Lee Hosey Jr. Makes Initial Appearance

Gary Lee Hosey Jr., the suspected driver of the car that crashed into the bus stop on Spring Mountain Road Thursday, enters the courtroom for an initial appearance at the Regional Justice Center Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Four people died and eight were injured in the accident. Launch slideshow »

The man suspected of driving drunk when his car slammed into a bus stop Thursday, killing four, appeared before a judge for the first time Monday morning.

Gary Lee Hosey Jr., 23 — shackled and with his left arm in a sling — kept his head down as he entered the courtroom in Las Vegas Justice Court. He briefly spoke with his defense attorney, Caitlyn McAmis, and wiped his eyes several times before the hearing began.

Judge Conrad Hafen ordered Hosey held in the Clark County Detention Center without bail until his next hearing, set for Friday morning. Formal criminal charges will be read at that time.

Several of Hosey's family members attended the 90-second hearing. Outside the courtroom, the suspect's mother, Lechtrianna Hosey, said their "hearts go out" to the victims' families but declined to offer further comments.

Metro Police arrested Hosey in connection with four counts of felony driving under the influence causing death. Authorities booked him into jail Friday afternoon upon his release from Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

Police said Hosey was driving a Chevrolet Monte Carlo at 6:25 a.m. Thursday when he apparently lost control and struck the bus stop. The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the four pedestrians killed as Gerber Ayala-Tomasino Jr., 24; Johnni Garner, 49; Margoth Gonzalez, 65; and Hyon Cooley, 47.

Three other pedestrians and Hosey's four passengers also were injured in the crash.

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  1. Wow....I shocked they ordered no bail. In this town you just don't know with these judges no matter how serious the crime.

  2. @Tigermike...Where do you find this "string of convictions" of which you speak? I don't even see where the state has even been able to support the DUI charges with that pesky thing we sometimes call "evidence."

    All we have here is a story of a man who is being held without bail despite the prosecution's failure to produce probable cause to support any charges. Yet everyone here seems to have determined what his BAC was when not a single news source has confirmed that information. Police weren't able to get a breath test from him at the scene, so they will have to rely on results from blood taken at the hospital after he was pumped with God knows what by EMT and emergency room physicians.

    If it doesn't turn out he was intoxicated, he will face no more than the elderly lady who ran down three childrn crossing the street in North Las Vegas.