An illegal immigrant from Guatemala – who has prior felony convictions for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance – is accused of hitting a motorcyclist in Omaha, Nebraska, with his vehicle, accelerating over him and then crushing the man to death as he fled the scene.
Luis Velasquez-Ortiz, 42, was charged on April 11 in the hit-and-run death of Juan J. Moreno-Tamayo, a 31-year-old motorcyclist and father of four children. On Monday, a judge in Omaha declared Velasquez-Ortiz a flight risk and set his bond at $2 million.
Velasquez-Ortiz has reportedly resided in the U.S. illegally for 15 years and was employed by Nebraska Beef, the Daily Mail reported.
The man was reportedly driving a Ford Explorer when he failed to yield at a stop sign and collided with a motorcyclist, who got stuck underneath the vehicle. Rather than attempting to help the victim under his vehicle, Velasquez-Ortiz allegedly accelerated, crushing the man again as he fled the scene of the crash. He’s now charged with failing to stop and render aid.
The victim, Moreno-Tamayo, was wearing a helmet at the time, but he died on the scene.
Witnesses managed to obtain Velasquez-Ortiz’s license plate information, and authorities arrested the man a day after the collision.
“During a search of his home, police and immigration officers found fraudulent state, federal and international identification documents,” the Daily Mail reported.
The vice president of Nebraska Beef reportedly told 3 News Now that the company wasn’t aware of Velasquez-Ortiz’s illegal status.