The man charged in the death of a passenger in the van he was driving was drunk and speeding last week when he lost control of the vehicle, which hit a guardrail and a bridge abutment before it rolled and caught fire, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Nemias Garcia-Velasco, 32, has been charged with motor vehicle homicide in the death of Silvano Torres, 58. A judge set his bail at $2 million.
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When he asked for a high bail amount, prosecutor Ryan Lindberg of the Douglas County Attorney’s Office said Garcia-Velasco, who is from Mexico, was in the United States illegally and had been deported five times before. Lindberg noted that Garcia-Velasco once was convicted of having