After drinking “12 beers,” 32-year-old Nemias Garcia-Velasco, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, got into his vehicle and drove as fast as he could. As a result, he killed an innocent father-of-three when he lost control of his vehicle. Prosecutors say Garcia-Velasco was driving at speeds of 100 mph when he could no longer control his van. The illegal immigrant killed 58-year-old Silvano Torres, who was riding in the cargo area inside Garcia-Velasco’s van. Because of previous indiscretions, Garcia-Velasco has been removed from the United States seven times. And now he has been charged with motor vehicle homicide.
Because he drank “12 beers and was driving at 100mph,” Garcia-Velasco could not control his 2001 Dodge Ram work van and crashed it with an innocent victim trapped in the back. Now he’s facing the consequences.
Now prosecutor Ryan Lindberg is gunning for Garcia-Velasco because he was driving drunk down Interstate 80 at 1pm on Wednesday.
When the police arrived on the scene, an inebriated Garcia-Velasco told police officers that he had consumed 12 beers the previous evening and into the morning before getting behind the wheel of the work van. Not only had he not slept well, he had decided to go drinking instead.
Back in 2009 and 2011, Garcia-Velasco was deported from the United States. The remaining five times were considered “voluntary returns” to Mexico.
Prior to the crash, Garcia-Velasco had forged citizenship papers and had been convicted of that crime. That ruling came down just the day after the celebration of Independence Day. Perhaps because Garcia-Velasco knew he didn’t have much more time in America, he went drinking hard before a day of work.
When he was checked at the hospital after the crash, Garcia-Velasco’s blood alcohol levels were more than twice the legal limit at .243.
Because Torres, the innocent father who was killed, was riding around without a seatbelt, he put himself at risk. But he never knew that the driver of the van was intoxicated. Torres was pronounced dead at the scene and incinerated as the van erupted into flames.
Garcia-Velasco’s reckless behavior also injured a teenager. 16-year-old Jesus I. Gonzalez was rushed to the hospital, treated for injuries, but fortunately released later that day.
Meanwhile Garcia-Velasco suffered burns to his face and was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center for treatment before the police took him into custody.
Rosa Flores had been dating Torres and always loved talking about the victim’s two daughters and his son. Torres had immigrated to the United States legally. And he had lived peacefully in Omaha, Nebraska for six years.
Garcia-Velasco was driving everyone home after quitting a roof patching job because the summer heat was unbearable.
Because he killed a man, Garcia-Velasco was charged with motor vehicle homicide and had his bond set to $2 million.
If convicted of the crime, should Garcia-Velasco remain in an American prison at the cost of the taxpayer? Or should he deported and sent to a Mexican prison? Can that solution be trusted?
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