A motorist charged in a fatal hit and run in Omaha has been a fugitive from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement since 2012.
The Omaha Police Department reports 27-year-old Edwin Elvir-Palma is from Honduras and is in the country illegally.
Elvir-Palma has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, suspicion of reckless driving, not having a driver’s license, and his fourth DUI.
Elvir-Palma is accused of running over 34-year-old Margarito Nava-Luna very early Saturday morning as she walked in the westbound lane of Manderson Plaza, which doesn’t have a sidewalk. An eastbound vehicle crossed the center line and struck Nava-Luna. The vehicle fled the scene. Nava-Luna was declared dead at the scene at about 2:30am Saturday.
Elvir-Palma and Nava-Luna had been at a bar together Friday night, according to police.
A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy arrested Elvir-Palma within minutes after the fatal wreck.
The case has similarities to one earlier in the year in which illegal immigrant Eswin Mejia, also a Honduran citizen, was charged with motor vehicle homicide and drunken driving in a crash that killed 21-year-old Sarah Root.
Mejia, who is 19, posted bond and disappeared. Mejia remains at large.
U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse has pressed ICE for answers on how they handled the Mejia case and why they didn’t detain him after the arrest.