Mexican illegal ‘removed from U.S.’ 7 times kills father of three while driving drunk and speeding

Mexican illegal ‘removed from U.S.’ 7 times kills father of three while driving drunk and speeding
Nemias Garcia-Velasco (Image: Omaha Police)

[Ed. – Good fences make good neighbors.]

A prosecutor said Tuesday that Nemias Garcia-Velasco, 32, charged in the death of a passenger in a fiery July 5 crash, has been removed from the United States a total of seven times — five “voluntary returns” in 2005 and following two deportation hearings, one in 2009 and another in 2011.

Garcia-Velasco, who is from Mexico, also once was convicted of making a false claim to U.S. citizenship, Ryan Lindberg of the Douglas County Attorney’s Office said in court.

Garcia-Velasco was driving drunk and speeding about 1 p.m. July 5 when he lost control of his 2001 Dodge Ram van as he headed west on Interstate 80 near the Interstate 680 split, Lindberg said. The van was going over 100 mph, Lindberg said, when it hit a guardrail and a bridge abutment before it rolled and caught fire.

Garcia-Velasco later told officers that he had consumed 12 beers the previous evening into the morning of the crash.

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.

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