LAS VEGAS, Nevada (FOX5). On Wednesday, a driver who investigators say was driving at more than 97 miles an hour in front of a school in Henderson before swerving onto the sidewalk and killing a child will learn his fate. Rex Patchett’s family wants the driver given the maximum sentence by a judge and is asking the public to come to the hearing to show their support.
“My son on that street, on that sidewalk, on that day, represents any child that might be on that sidewalk,” Jason Patchett said.
Patchett, along with son Luke and daughter Bella, shared with FOX5 an unimaginable loss that his family has been battling for nearly a year.
“At that moment, our whole life changed forever,” Patchett recalled when he learned that his son had been killed. On March 7, 2022, Patchett received a startling text message.
“Hey, there was a terrible accident in front of the school. Are all your children accounted for? Patchett recalled. Numerous calls and messages to 13-year-old Rex went unanswered.
“Deep inside you… I knew something was wrong. I knew Rex was involved,” Patchett shared.
Jose Marmolejo pleaded guilty to reckless driving and hitting Rex on the sidewalk home from school on Paradise Hills Drive.
“He was the bond that held our family together,” Patchett explained, describing Rex. The Patchett family says that Rex was a gentle giant. At 13, Rex was already 6 feet tall. Now they are fighting to get justice.
“We hope the judge sees the importance of bringing people who commit heinous crimes to justice,” Patchett said.
The family made “DO IT 4 REX” shirts and spearheaded the delivery of 400 letters to the judge asking for the maximum sentence. They hope this sends a clear message that reckless driving with deadly consequences is unacceptable in our community.
“It’s just obscene. It is my understanding that Clark County has become the reckless driving capital of the world and there needs to be some changes here,” Patchett said.
Marmolejo pleaded guilty to dangerous driving in October. The maximum that he can face on Wednesday is 6 years in prison. Here are the details of the sentencing:
State of Nevada vs. Jose Marmolejo
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 9:30 am
Judge Carly Kearney
Courtroom 12B (12th floor)
Regional Center of Justice
200 Lewis Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101