Hearing continued in DUI death case
A South Lake Tahoe man accused of being drunk when he hit two Incline Village residents in a November pedestrian vs. vehicle accident had his preliminary hearing continued this week.
Joel F. Dailey, a 39-year-old South Lake resident facing two counts of driving under the influence had his preliminary hearing continued until 10:30 a.m. on April 14 at Sparks Justice Court.
He is charged with DUI causing death and DUI causing great bodily harm.
The charges stem from a Nov. 4, 2007 incident when Dailey, driving a pickup truck, struck 30-year-old Rudy Diaz and his girlfriend, 29-year-old Maribel Oroxom at a low speed at the intersection of Southwood Boulevard and State Highway 28 in Incline, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
Diaz and Oroxom, both Guatemalan immigrants, sustained serious injuries in the collision. Oroxom died Nov. 8, 2007 from her injuries. Her body was transported back to her native Guatemala, where she left two young children.
Diaz was hospitalized at Renown Health Care in Reno for more than a month while he recovered from injuries, including a closed-head injury, sustained during the collision. According to Reno-based immigration advocate Luis Caceres, who has been helping both the Oroxom and Diaz families through the case, Diaz is now living with relatives in Kings Beach.
Dailey’s case was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but a Sparks Justice Court judge issued a continuance because Dailey was appointed a public defender shortly before the trial and the defense needed time to prepare its case, said Washoe County Assistant District Attorney Elliott Sattler.
Sattler, who is prosecuting the case, said Dailey’s case is being tried at Sparks Justice Court because they handle all cases of people arrested in Incline who are still in custody at the time of their preliminary hearing.
“It’s just easier to transport them from the detention facility in Reno to Sparks than it is to Incline,” Sattler said.
Dailey was arrested in early March after blood results from the accident became available. He has since posted his $50,000 bail.