A Council Bluffs family is mourning the loss of a 21 year old woman killed in a tragic accident on January 31st. Prosecutors say 19 year old Eswin Mejia was street racing in Omaha when he rear-ended Sarah Root’s SUV. She was rushed to a hospital and later died.
There have been a lot of questions raised about his legal status. Mejia’s attorney Tom Niklitchek says the case is in the very early stages and immigration is not the issue at hand. Niklitchek says, “There are all kinds of issues we can get hung up on. I need to review the evidence. In my opinion, if the evidence is such, is alcohol. I think sometimes we get caught up on issues that perhaps we shouldn’t. In my legal opinion and as a member of the community the larger issue is alcohol. Legal or not, alcohol doesn’t care.”
Niklitchek says he doesn’t know if Mejia speaks English because the two have only spoken in Spanish. He says he is representing Mejia on this criminal case and his immigration status will not be a factor in this case.
Douglas County Prosecutors say Mejia’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit and was driving on a suspended license when he hit Root’s vehicle on an Omaha street. Mejia is charged with motor vehicle homicide. Mejia also had several warrants issued for his arrest for previous traffic violations and failure to appear in court.
Mejia posted 10% of the $50,000 bond and is currently out of jail. His next court date is later this month. If convicted, Mejia faces up to 20 years in prison.