Omaha World-Herald: Sasse questions ICE after fatal Omaha crash involving man who is in U.S. illegally

Author: Andrew J. Nelson
August 4, 2017

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse is questioning Immigration and Customs Enforcement about how the agency dealt with a man who was involved in a fatal crash in Omaha while in the United States illegally.

Nemias Garcia-Velasco, 32, is charged with motor vehicle homicide in the fiery crash of a van at the Interstate 80/680 interchange on July 5. Silvano Torres, 58, who was riding unrestrained in the cargo area of the van, was killed.

Garcia-Velasco had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit and was driving 100 mph at the time of the crash, authorities say.

A citizen of Mexico, he had been removed from the U.S. seven times, authorities said.

In a letter to ICE, Sasse also brought up the case of Sarah Root, who died at 21 after being rear-ended at an Omaha intersection by a man authorities say was in the U.S. illegally and drag racing while drunk.

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