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Bail set at $500,000 for Omaha man charged with motor vehicle homicide

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An Omaha man charged with felony motor vehicle homicide was ordered held on $500,000 bail Wednesday during a hearing in Douglas County Court. 

Michael F. Packett Jr., 24, is accused of being drunk Sunday night when the Audi A4 he was driving crashed with a Nissan Sentra near Rose Blumkin Drive and Dodge Street. The driver of the Nissan, Gina McKenna, 44, of Omaha was killed.

Packett must pay 10% of his bail, or $50,000, to be released from jail. 

Omaha police determined that Packett was speeding east on Dodge Street near 76th Street at 9 p.m. Sunday. His car struck McKenna's southbound vehicle, forcing it into a wooden pole on the south side of Dodge Street. 

McKenna's Nissan Sentra caught fire, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in Packett’s car was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

According to an affidavit, police officers "could smell the odor of alcohol coming from the defendant." Packett's blood alcohol level was determined to be .083% following a test at Omaha Police Headquarters.  

kevin.cole@owh.com, 402-444-1272

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