A 32-year-old citizen of Mexico was driving drunk when he caused a fatal accident in Omaha July 5th, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors claim Nemias Garcia-Velasco has been removed from the United States seven times, including five “voluntary returns” in 2005 and twice through deportation hearings in 2009 and 2011.
Douglas County prosecutors add Garcia-Velasco has been convicted of making a false claim of being a United States citizen.
The fatal crash occurred as Garcia-Velasco drove a work van west on Interstate 80 near the split with I-680. Prosecutors say the van reached speeds in excess of 100 mph when it hit a guardrail as well as a bridge abutment. The van crashed, rolled, and caught fire.
58-year-old Silvano Torres, riding unrestrained in the cargo area of the van, was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger in the van, 16-year-old Jesus Gonzalez, was treated and released from a local hospital.
According to prosecutors, Garcia-Velasco’s blood-alcohol content was at .243 when he was checked into Nebraska Medical Center for treatment of severe burns, three times the legal limit of .08.
Upon release from the hospital, Garcia-Velasco was charged with a host of offenses, including motor vehicle homicide.
Garcia-Velasco has been jailed in Douglas County, awaiting trial. His bail has been set at $2 million.