Hearing scheduled Friday for missing suspect

Posted at 8:31 AM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 09:31:28-05

A man accused of street racing, driving drunk and slamming into an SUV, killing a recent Bellevue University graduate is supposed to be in court Friday.

Eswin Mejia, 19, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in the January death of Sarah Root, but he's nowhere to be found.    

Root’s family wants to see Mejia in court. Her father, Scott Root, said in a phone interview with KMTV that he is not expecting that to happen.

He hopes someone is held accountable and wants any witnesses who might have seen the crash to come forward, or anyone with information about how Mejia got the alcohol to call police.

Yet the biggest mystery has everything to do with where Mejia is.

A felony arrest warrant was issued for Mejia, who is still missing nearly a month after the crash.

"They said he wasn't a flight risk. Obviously they were very, very wrong. My lawyer informed me of the horrific actions that took place that caused the death of Sarah Root," Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said this week as word of Mejia's illegal immigration status spread.

Add the fact that he missed court before, Root's family says the low bail he paid to get out of jail is inexcusable.

"What part of that doesn't show you a red flag?" Root asked in a previous interview. "I'm not a rocket-scientist, but you've got to think a little bit. I'm just disgusted. I don't know anyone who wouldn't be."

Everyone wonders who will show up Friday morning for Mejia's court appearance on DUI and motor vehicle homicide charges.

If he does show up, he will likely go to jail. These details outlined by the judge make sure of that. He will also be on the hook for the entire $50,000 bail, which he violated.

Root's family just wants some justice, but no one can say exactly what that looks like right now.

“I don't know what else I can say. It is not going to bring her back. Somebody has got to be held accountable. Apparently he isn't. So, somebody has to be held accountable," he said.

Mejia's court appearance is still scheduled for 9 a.m.

Watch KMTV Action 3 News at Midday and check to find out what happened at the hearing.