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Bail set at $4 million in alleged DUI crash that killed teen girls
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Kamesha Gilmore and Gabriell Thomas

LAS VEGAS -- The man accused of killing two teens in an alleged DUI crash had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit and he was speeding at 11mphhp at the time of crash, according to the Clark County District Attorney's office.

Seong Lee, 22, appeared in Las Vegas Justice court for his arraignment Friday. He faces two felony DUI charges in the March 5 deaths of 18-year-old Gabriell "Gabby" Thomas and 16-year-old Kamesha "Mesha" Gilmore. Lee's car crashed into the teens' vehicle near Boulder Highway and Russell Road.

Prosecutors say the airbag module in Lee's Mercedes had the car traveling at 103 mph five seconds before he hit the girls' car. They say when the cars collided, his car was going 117 mph, implying that he never hit the brakes and was accelerating as he approached the red light at the intersection.

This was the first time the victim's families saw Lee in person. They sat a few feet away from him as they listened to new details of the accident. The aunt of one of the victim's could not hold her emotions back.

"You murderer!" she screamed. "Look at me, you killed my niece, you did this, you did this! Look at my face! I'm leaving but i want you to see me! I want you to see me! I hope you dream about this! I want you to see my face! I know what you did!"

Marshals held the emotional family back and escorted them out of the courtroom after the incident.

Tests showed Lee's blood alcohol level at .169 two hours after the crash happened. It's projected Lee's blood alcohol at the time of the crash was .19, the prosecutor said. Lee's Defense Attorney, Cinema Greenberg, called the prosecutors comments hearsay.

"It's really hearsay," he said. I haven't seen any of that evidence, we just have to take him at his word, and right now I'm not willing to do that, considering the serious nature of the offense."

"I'm not making things up on this, counsel has a copy of the blood alcohol showing that the blood collected less than two hours after the crash was .169," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Rutledge.

Police said Lee admitted to drinking alcohol at two restaurants prior to the crash. He also failed a field sobriety test, according to the arrest report.

According to Lee's defense attorney, Lee, a Korean national, has been in the United States for eight years and was in the process of applying for citizenship. Prosecutors viewed this information as a Lee being a possible flight risk. His bail was set at $4 million.

Lee's next court appearance will be for his preliminary hearing on April 20.



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