Nemias Garcia-Velasco, 32, who is from Mexico, and had previously been removed by the US government 7 times, was going over 100mph on a highway in Omaha, Nebraska, when he plowed into a 58-year-old father of 3, killing him on impact.
Silvano Torres was struck in his own car on his way home that night. He had two daughters and a son that he reportedly boasted about to friends and neighbors.
Velasco was arrested at the scene, first being taken to a hospital to treat him for burns that he sustained on his face during the crash.
The Daily Mail reports::
Prosecutor Ryan Lindberg said Garcia-Velasco was driving down Interstate 80 around 1pm on Wednesday when the incident occurred.
Garcia-Velasco told officers that he had consumed 12 beers the previous evening into the morning of the crash, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
During Garcia-Velasco’s hearing, Lindberg also said the man had been removed from the US a total of seven times.
After two deportation hearings, in 2009 and 2011, Garcia-Velasco was forced out of the country and the five other times were considered ‘voluntary returns’.
Lindberg also added that Garcia-Velasco had also been convicted of having false citizenship papers prior to the crash, just a day after the Fourth of July holiday.
Garcia-Velasco’s blood-alcohol level was .243 when it was checked at a hospital after the crash, according to the Herald.
At the time, Torres was riding unrestrained in the cargo area of the van. He was pronounced dead at the fiery scene.
Another passenger, Jesus I. Gonzalez, 16, was treated at the hospital and released the day of the crash.
Garcia-Velasco suffered from severe burns to his face and was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center at the time.
Garcia-Velasco was charged with motor vehicle homicide and his bail was set at $2 million.