Driver faces two charges in traffic death |

Driver faces two charges in traffic death

by Sheila Gardner

The driver of a Jeep involved in a fatal head-on collision is facing two charges in the death of Robin Moroney because he allegedly had alcohol and marijuana in his system.

Michael Cordero Perez, 32, of Jacks Valley, was charged with driving under the influence causing death or substantial bodily harm and driving under the influence of alcohol and controlled substance causing death or substantial bodily harm.

According to court documents, Perez admitted drinking two beers an hour before the accident Tuesday.

He also told investigators he had a permit from California to use medical marijuana and had ingested the controlled substance Sunday.

Preliminary tests indicated alcohol and marijuana in his system, according to court documents.

He also tested for a prescriptive pain medication that officials said was administered by emergency personnel after the collision.

Appearing in court Friday, a tearful Perez asked Justice Jim EnEarl to modify his cash-only $100,000 bail so he could spend Christmas with his fiancée and his three children.

“I was supposed to ask my girlfriend to marry me today,” he said. “Is there any possible way to be home with my kids for Christmas? I’ll do anything.”

EnEarl denied the request.

“The charges against you are horrendous,” EnEarl said. “Families are going to be destroyed. There is already one family, there may be others. If convicted of these charges, you are going to prison.”

EnEarl appointed lawyer Tod Young to represent Perez. His next court appearance is Wednesday.

EnEarl told Perez he could bring up the bail next week.

“I’m not telling you ‘no’ forever,” EnEarl said.

In asking EnEarl to deny the bail modification, prosecutor Kris Brown said she was concerned that Perez had only lived in the area for seven months and was living with his girlfriend’s parents.

He told EnEarl he was on his way to rent a home in Gardnerville when the accident occurred on Jacks Valley Road.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, Perez was southbound on Jacks Valley Road near Bavarian Drive when a witness said he crossed over the double-yellow line, overcorrected, and collided with Moroney’s vehicle about 5:25 p.m.

The 42-year-old Gardnerville resident had to be extricated from her vehicle and was taken by CareFlight to Washoe Medical Center where she died of her injuries about 8 p.m.

Perez was treated for moderate injuries and was jailed Tuesday night.