Noel Lardeo sits next to her defense attorney during Wednesday's preliminary hearing for a Feb. 5 DUI wreck. (Jason Valle/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A former Las Vegas elementary school teacher will be back in court next week to have a trial date set in connection with hitting a teen in a car while she was allegedly driving drunk.
At a preliminary hearing a judge ruled there was enough evidence against Noel Lynn Lardeo, 26, to stand trial.
The former Bryan Elementary teacher was arrested Feb. 5 after plowing into a bus bench on Spring Mountain Road near El Camino Road.
Police arrested her on drunk driving charges in the crash that injured 15-year-old Conan Obenchain, who was waiting at the bus stop.
The lawyer representing Obenchain and his family was also in court this morning purely as an observer.
"We're just looking at all the evidence on behalf of the family to see what the options are," said Craig Perry. He'll be the attorney in any civil trial in connection with the accident.
The teen appeared in court during Lardeo's preliminary hearing Monday in a wheelchair. Family members said a leg had to be amputated as a result of the crash, and doctors are still trying to save his right leg.
Lardeo broke down in tears during Monday's hearing in court.
Lardeo claimed she was the designated driver and was giving her roommate a ride home, according to Metro's arrest report.
A witness testified in court Monday that Lardeo smelled of alcohol and was in tears as she tried to help the boy at the scene.
The officer that interviewed Lardeo also testified that Lardeo admitted drinking only after she failed a sobriety test.
Stay tuned to FOX5 for updates on this ongoing story.
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