Nemias Garcia-Velasco, 32, who is from Mexico, was going over 100mph when he lost control of his 2001 Dodge Ram work van and crashed, killing 58-year-old Silvano Torres.
Prosecutor Ryan Lindberg said Garcia-Velasco was driving down Interstate 80 around 1pm on Wednesday when the incident occurred.
Garcia-Velasco told officers that he had consumed 12 beers the previous evening into the morning of the crash, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
During Garcia-Velasco’s hearing, Lindberg also said the man had been removed from the US a total of seven times. After two deportation hearings, in 2009 and 2011, Garcia-Velasco was forced out of the country and the five other times were considered ‘voluntary returns’.
Lindberg also added that Garcia-Velasco had also been convicted of having false citizenship papers prior to the crash, just a day after the Fourth of July holiday.
Garcia-Velasco’s blood-alcohol level was .243 when it was checked at a hospital after the crash, according to the Herald.
At the time, Torres was riding unrestrained in the cargo area of the van. He was pronounced dead at the fiery scene. Another passenger, Jesus I. Gonzalez, 16, was treated at the hospital and released the day of the crash.
Garcia-Velasco suffered from severe burns to his face and was taken to the Nebraska Medical Center at the time.
Rosa Flores, who had been dating Torres, said he loved talking about his two daughters and his son. Torres had documentation to be in the US, she told the Herald, adding that he had lived in Omaha for nearly six years.
The pair were on their way to their respective homes after leaving a job patching a roof because it got too hot.
Garcia-Velasco was charged with motor vehicle homicide in the death of Torres. His bail was set at $2 million.