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Metro Police say driver in fatal bus stop crash is being transferred to jail

Gary Lee Hosey Jr. has history of run-ins with Metro

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Steve Marcus

Metro Police investigate after a car crashed into a bus stop on Spring Mountain Road east of Decatur Boulevard, killing four people, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012.

Updated Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 | 3:53 p.m.

Gary Lee Hosey Jr.

Gary Lee Hosey Jr.

The man arrested in Thursday's alleged drunk driving accident where his car left the road and struck a bus shelter full of people, killing four, had been arrested five times by Metro Police in the past two years.

Police identified Gary Lee Hosey Jr., 23, as the driver of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo that collided with the bus stop near Spring Mountain Road and Decatur Boulevard at 6:25 a.m. Thursday, injuring eight people and killing four others.

Hosey, who was injured in Thursday’s accident and is in police custody at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, was charged with four counts of felony driving under the influence causing death stemming from the incident. At midafternoon Friday, Officer Bill Cassell, Metro spokesman, said Hosey was in the process of being released from the hospital and would be booked Friday evening into the Clark County Detention Center.

"He will see sunrise from bars," Cassell said.

Hosey was scheduled to appear at 7:30 a.m. Monday in Las Vegas Township Justice Court.

Hosey has had several previous run-ins with Metro, starting with an April 2011 arrest for possession of a controlled substance, Metro spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said. Since then, Hosey has been arrested by Metro four more times, including for lewd and lascivious conduct, obstructing a public officer, and an August arrest for larceny from a person.

Also, in June 2011, Hosey was ticketed for speeding 11 to 20 miles per hour over the posted limit and failing to obtain a Nevada’s drivers license within 30 days of moving to the state.

Three male victims remained in critical condition Friday morning — two at University Medical Center and one at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, according to hospital officials.

One of the four males transported Thursday to UMC has been released from the hospital, UMC spokeswoman Danita Cohen said. The fourth male was hospitalized in fair condition, she said.

At Sunrise Hospital, three other victims — two males and one female — were in good condition Friday, said Stacy Acquista, a spokeswoman for Sunrise.

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  1. It's a shame this bum wasn't in jail a long time ago, for a long time. Hopefully now, we''ll have at least a few decades without having to worry about him.

  2. Vegas has a high turn out rate for repeat petty offenders. They're drug addicts, they're alcoholics, and gamblers, they're misguided youth, they're sometimes homeless. And...these people continue to offend the law and the community they live in getting booked and ticketed and released until they royally muck something up and end up with a sentence, probation, or God knows what. And really the most daunting and unfortunate problem for the rest of the community these people live within, is that we can do nothing to ban them from making these poor decisions.

  3. Gee, why am I not surprised? For some reason, it seems little is done to creepolas such as this guy until they kill someone. Guys like this need to be put away until they can no longer harm innocent folks who are merely going about their daily tasks. How long is long enough? Until they are planted six feet under, as far as I am concerned. Let some poor schmuck who smoked a joint out so there is room in our prisons for guys like this.

  4. It is my understanding that the victim who worked at Treasure Island - lived alone with her only child - a teenager in high school.

    I cannot imagine the pain this poor child is experiencing at this time. The same applies to the other families.

    I hope this child has family here in Vegas that will support him through this tragic ordeal. The thought of this child not having family here in Las Vegas to help him or her deal with this tragedy is truly beyond comprehension.

    If Las Vegas Sun can look into this - I hope a fund is created to help with expenses.

    Prayers go out to this child and the other family members affected by that corrupted man who sits in jail today.

  5. @Jerry Fink: I hardly ever agree with you but today I do.

    I'm going to be politically incorrect here and I don't care. The other occupants in the car have foreign names. African "refugees"? And yes, they are just as responsible, but we do not know what was going on in that car before the driver decided to drive 100 MPH. They could have told him to slow down. Only time will tell. My guess they will sing like canaries when Metro comes calling.

    Another question: WHere were these thugs drinking before this horror happened? In a bar? Private house? An alley?

    I can't remember, but do the bars in Vegas have "dram shop"? Here in Illinois, the survivors can go after the bar who served the drinks. It's not always successful especially if there is more than one place involved. But I firmly believe that those who served these morons alcohol are just as responsible - where ever they were. SOME bartender had to see they were overserved, especially the driver. Unless, of course, they had their brown paper bags and were sitting in some alley somewhere.

  6. Det__Munch: It's something we should all be able to agree on. Thanks. As for the "Dram Shop" law. No, NV does not have it, but should. Way back in the 60s, I owned a "plate lunch" bar/restaurant in Milwaukee and one guy, who had been in business a long time, told me the only way I could make money was, when some bum at the bar was getting up to leave, to buy him a drink so he'd change his mind. The guy told me not to let anyone leave until I had emptied their wallets. Guys like this should never be issued a license to sell alcohol, but he's not in the minority. I told a steady customer to go home once in a while and play with his kids instead of sitting at my bar sucking up mugs of 10 cent beers. Little wonder I failed and had to sell. But my conscience is clear. One other thing: "Happy Hour" promotions (which in reality aren't very happy, at all) should be banned, in my estimation.