Catholic Charities community concerned after crash

Spencer Lubitz

Catholic Charities community concerned after crash

CREATED Oct. 7, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The community at Catholic Charities is reeling after a suspected drunk driver left three shelter residents severely injured. 

Staff at Catholic Charities said the men were working as part of a larger group, heading back to the shelter after they had just finished volunteering alongside Metro officers at a downtown clean-up event.

It was on that walk that they were hit by a suspected drunk driver, who pinned them up against a wall.

Those men were rushed to the hospital, as word about the crash spread throughout the homeless community.

 “It's very sad,” said Maurice Page Director of Residential Services for Catholic Charities.  “Other folks that know them, are trying to figure out if we can tell them any information, unfortunately we haven't received any updates at this point other than they're still with us and they are in critical condition.”

Witnesses to the crash told police they saw the driver throwing beer cans from his car just moments after hitting those men.

The driver 35-year old Uziel Reyes-Perez was arrested after failing multiple field sobriety tests.  He was taken to jail and charged with two counts of felony DUI, and an additional charge for driving with only a learner's permit.