An illegal immigrant from Mexico who has been removed from the United States seven times killed a father-of-three while drunk driving at 100 miles per hour after drinking 12 beers, the Omaha World-Herald reports.
Nemias Garcia-Velasco, 32, lost control of his van, killing 58-year-old Silvano Torres and injuring another 16-year-old passenger.
The incident happened Wednesday at 1 pm, prosecutors say.
Prosecutors told the court that Garcia-Velasco had been deported twice in 2009 and 2011 and “voluntarily returned” to Mexico five other times.
He was also convicted of having fake citizenship papers last week, just after the July 4.
Garcia-Velasco’s blood alcohol level was .243 by the time he was brought to the hospital after his crashed van caught on fire.
He suffered severe burns to his face in the crash.
He is charged with homicide and is held on $2 million bail.
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Silvano Torres, 58, was riding unrestrained in the cargo area of the van and was declared dead at the scene. Front-seat passenger Jesus I. Gonzalez, 16, was treated at the hospital and released the day of the crash.
Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure called “Sarah’s Law” that would require federal immigration officials to take custody of any person who is in the country illegally and charged with a crime resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of another person. It was part of a broader bill aimed at cracking down on sanctuary jurisdictions. The House also approved another bill that would enhance penalties for people who re-enter the country illegally.
The measures have not yet passed the U.S. Senate.
Rusnok noted that he had not received any reports on last week’s fatal crash in Omaha. He did say the vast majority of voluntary returns are to Mexico.