OMAHA, Neb. — A 32-year-old man who was driving a speeding van that crashed last year in Omaha, killing a passenger in the cargo area, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Nemias Garcia-Velasco was sentenced Friday in Douglas County District Court. Garcia-Velasco is in the country illegally and faces deportation to Mexico when he’s released from prison.
Garcia-Velasco pleaded no contest in November to vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol.
Police say the van he was driving July 5 was speeding when it entered a curve at the Interstate 80/680 interchange. The van left the roadway and hit a guardrail and a bridge support, then burst into flames. The crash killed 58-year-old Silvano Torres, who was riding without restraints in the van’s cargo area.