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Driver who hit, killed pedestrian had twice legal alcohol limit, prosecutor says

Prosecutors said Thursday that a 25-year-old woman had about twice the legal limit of alcohol in her system when she struck and killed a pedestrian in southwest Las Vegas last week.

Idan Cohen, 29, was jogging near Sunset Road and the 215 Beltway when he was hit and dragged late on the night of June 28.

Whitney Greco, a 25-year-old College of Southern Nevada student, faces charges of DUI resulting in death and leaving the scene of a crash. She is being held at the Clark County Detention Center on $1 million bail.

A blood test taken about 2½ hours after the crash indicated that Greco’s blood-alcohol content was about 0.12 percent, which means it was roughly 0.16 percent at the time Cohen was struck, Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Rutledge said. The legal limit for drivers in Nevada is 0.08 percent.

Authorities still are awaiting the results of a drug test, Rutledge said. Greco told police that she had a medical marijuana card.

When officers arrested Greco, she was sitting next to her damaged vehicle with blood on her face, hands and shirt, according to a police report.

Police said Greco’s 2012 Nissan Altima had continued along Sunset after hitting Cohen and struck a 2015 Chrysler before crossing over a median, hitting a signpost and then a light pole.

Greco is due back in Las Vegas Justice Court later this month for a preliminary hearing.

Contact David Ferrara at dferrara@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039. Find @randompoker on Twitter.

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