January sentencing set for driver in fatal Omaha crash

November 7, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A January sentencing has been scheduled for a man whose speeding van crashed in Omaha, killing a passenger in the cargo area.

Court records say 32-year-old Nemias Garcia-Velasco, of Omaha, pleaded no contest Monday to vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol. His sentencing is set for Jan. 5.

Police say the van was speeding July 5 when it left the roadway, hit a guardrail and a bridge support. Then the van caught fire. Police say the crash killed 58-year-old Silvano Torres, who was riding without restraints in the van’s cargo area.

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