An undocumented resident of Nebraska, who has been removed seven times from the U.S., was charged in the death of a father of three after he crashed his van on the interstate, reports Omaha World-Herald.
Nemias Garcia-Velasco, 32, has had five “voluntary returns” in 2005, and two deportation hearings, one in 2009 and another in 2011.
The 32-year-old was driving at over 100 mph down Interstate 80 at around 1 p.m. in the afternoon on July 5. Garcia-Velasco lost control of his 2001 Dodge Ram van and crashed into a guardrail and bridge abutment, flipping his van before it caught on fire.
Silvano Torres, 58, was riding in the cargo area of the van without any restraints. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another passenger riding in the front seat, Jesus I. Gonzalez, 16, was treated at the hospital before being released.
Garcia-Velasco admitted to having 12 beers the evening before and into the morning of the crash. At the hospital, his blood-alcohol level measured .243, three times the legal limit of .08.
He was treated at the Nebraska Medical Center for severe burns, then booked into jail. He is charged with motor vehicle homicide, and if convicted, he could spend to up to 20 years in prison.
Ryan Lindberg of the Douglas County Attorney’s Office asked Douglas County Judge, John Huber, at a court hearing on Tuesday for a high bail for Garcia-Velasco.
“If this is someone who bonds out. I don’t think we’ll see Mr. Garcia-Velasco again.”
Bail was set at $2,000,000. He would have to post $200,000 to be released from jail.
Torres’ girlfriend, Rosa Flores, said she called Torres multiple times when she saw pictures of the burning wreckage, but didn’t get any answer.
Torres had two daughters and a son in Mexico. Flores said he had lived in Omaha for the past six years and had documentation to be in the U.S.
She didn’t know Garcia-Velasco.
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