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Police say driver was drunk when he crashed van at I-80/680 interchange, killing 1

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The driver of a work van that was involved in a fatal crash last week at the Interstate 80/680 interchange was drunk, police said.

Nemias Garcia-Velasco, 32, was released from the hospital Saturday and booked into jail on suspicion of motor vehicle homicide, reckless driving and not having an operator’s license.

Silvano Torres, 58, died about 1 p.m. Wednesday when the speeding van drove from the Interstate ramp, hit and vaulted over a guardrail, rolled and caught fire, police said.

Torres was riding unrestrained in the rear cargo area of the 2001 Dodge Ram van, police said.

Front-seat passenger Jesus I. Gonzalez, 16, was treated at a hospital and released the day of the crash.

Torres, who lived in Omaha, was declared dead at the scene.

Garcia-Velasco suffered severe burns to his legs and had been receiving treatment at a hospital. He is believed to have been ejected from the van, authorities said.


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