South Lake Tahoe man faces charges from Guatamalan’s death |

South Lake Tahoe man faces charges from Guatamalan’s death

A South Lake Tahoe man has been arrested in connection with the death of one Incline Village resident and the severe injury of another.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, Joel F. Dailey, 39, turned himself in to Washoe County Sheriff’s deputies in Reno earlier this week after blood results positively proved Dailey was intoxicated when he hit two Guatemalan immigrants with his pickup truck in Incline Village on Nov. 4, 2007.

Dailey struck 30-year-old Rudy Diaz and his girlfriend, 29-year-old Maribel Oroxom at a low rate of speed at the intersection of Southwood Boulevard and State Highway 28 in Incline.

Oroxom died from trauma sustained during the accident and Diaz spent nearly a month in the hospital recovering from head trauma.

Luis Caceres, a immigration advocate in Reno who is familiar with the case, said Diaz is living with family in the Kings Beach area and recovering.

Diaz could not be reached for comment on the story.

Nevada Highway Patrol Sgt. John Schilling confirmed Dailey turned himself in after his blood results were released. Since the collision occured on State Highway 28, NHP handled the incident. Schilling said Dailey and his legal representation were contacted and a time was set up for Dailey to hand himself over to police.

Dailey was booked at the Washoe County detention facility on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and released on $50,000 bail the same day, Schilling said.

Elliot Sattler, the Washoe County Assistant District Attorney who is prosecuting the case, said Dailey is being charged with driving under the influence causing death and driving under the influence causing severe injury. Both charges carry up to 20 years in prison.

Dailey will be arraigned on the charges at the Sparks Justice Court on Friday, March 14.

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