Driver in Fatal Las Vegas Bus Stop Crash a No-Show For Court Case

A woman who killed four people when she plowed a vehicle through a bus stop in March 2005 has been a no-show defendant at a civil negligence lawsuit that also names the city of Las Vegas.

A jury is being asked to decide whether Veronica Schmidt knew she was incapable of driving, and whether the city let the bus stop be built too close to the road in northwest Las Vegas.

Schmidt's attorney, Phillip Emerson, told Clark County District Court Judge Michelle Leavitt that he'd been unable to find Schmidt, and she never appeared for a deposition or the weeklong trial.

Investigators determined that Schmidt, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was recovering from knee surgery, had the prescription drug Xanax in her system when she crashed her Ford Explorer into the bus shelter.

Killed were Raquel Jiminez, 16, her sister, Angelica Jiminez, 14, and their friend, 16-year-old Reginald Williams, along with Samantha Allen, 36, who lived in an apartment nearby.

The Clark County district attorney declined to file felony charges against Schmidt, who pleaded the Nevada equivalent of no contest to misdemeanor driving under the influence of prescription drugs and reckless driving.

She was sentenced to one year of probation.

A lawyer for family members, said he plans to appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court the judge's dismissal of two defendants in the case, Viacom Outdoor Inc., which merged with the company that designed and owned the bus structure, and the Regional Transportation Commission.


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