An Omaha driver with a history of traffic offenses pleaded no contest Monday to motor vehicle homicide in the death of another motorist.
On Oct. 13, Sergio Valdivia-Marquez drove drunk, ran a red light and smashed into a car driven by Michael Tran, 18, of Omaha, killing Tran.
Tran had worked as a lifeguard at CoCo Key Water Resort. He had the green light at 72nd and Grover Streets when a speeding Valdivia-Marquez blew a red light and crashed into him, prosecutor Matt Kuhse said. He died of blunt-force trauma.
Valdivia-Marquez had a blood-alcohol content of 0.21, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08. He will be sentenced in June. He faces up to 20 years in prison.
Valdivia-Marquez, 21, has been cited or charged nearly a dozen times for traffic-related offenses since 2009, according to court documents. He never has held a Nebraska driver's license, state officials say.
— Todd Cooper