Nebraska police have arrested a man they say is not only an Illegal Hispanic, this is the eighth time he has been caught illegally in the United States. Unfortunately, this is likely to be the last time his is caught here for a long time to come. It is unfortunate, because this time his arrest comes as a result of a traffic accident that resulted in the death of an innocent father-of-three.
The illegal, who officers say has been removed from the United States seven times, had consumed ’12 beers and was driving at 100 mph’ when he lost control of his 2001 Dodge Ram work van and crashed it into a highway overpass. Nemias Garcia-Velasco, 32, who is from Mexico, has been arrested and is being charged with the death of 58-year-old Silvano Torres.
Prosecutor Ryan Lindberg said Garcia-Velasco was driving down Interstate 80 around 1pm on Wednesday when the incident occurred. In a statement Garcia-Velasco admitted to officers that he had consumed 12 beers the previous evening into the morning of the crash, according to a report in the Omaha World-Herald.
During Garcia-Velasco’s hearing, Lindberg brought to the courts attention that the suspect had previously been removed from the US a total of seven times for illegal entry. Lindberg said that following two deportation hearings, in 2009 and 2011, Garcia-Velasco was forced out of the country by court order while the previous five occasions were considered ‘voluntary returns’. The prosecutor also added that in addition to the illegal entry charges, Garcia-Velasco had been convicted of having false citizenship papers in his possession prior to the crash.
In a story carried by the Herald, it was reported that at the time of the crash, Garcia-Velasco’s blood-alcohol level was .243 when it was checked at a hospital, almost two and a half times the legal limit. In addition, Torres was riding unrestrained in the cargo area of the van. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the fiery crash.
Luckily, a second passenger in the vehicle, Jesus I. Gonzalez, 16, suffered only minor injuries, he was treated at the hospital and released later in the day. Garcia-Velasco suffered from severe burns to his face and was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center for treatment.
Torres was a documented alien and his girlfriend said he had lived in Omaha for nearly six years. The men were on their way to their respective homes after leaving a job patching a roof because it got too hot. Garcia-Velasco was charged with motor vehicle homicide in the death of Torres and is still being held pending a bail of two million dollars.