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Police arrest Omaha man in deadly hit and run

Posted at 8:54 AM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 19:15:26-04
Omaha Police arrested a man in connection with a hit and run that killed a pedestrian.

Police booked 27 year old Edwin Elvir-Palma for DUI with 4 previous convictions, no operators license, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death. Investigators believe Elvir-Palma struck and killed 35 year old Margaritio Nava-Luna who was walking in the street near 104th and Manderson early Saturday morning. Douglas County deputies say Elvir-Palma had a blood alcohol level of .239. Investigators say Elvir-Palma and Nava-Luna were together at Bogies Bar & Grill near Old Maple and Bedford before Nava-Luna was hit and killed.

Douglas County authorities say Elvir-Palma has four prior DUI's and goes by the alias Orling Carrasco-Zelaya. He is an undocumented immigrant from Honduras, and ICE currently has a federal hold on him. Fingerprints identified Elvir-Palma as a positive match for an ICE fugitive since 2012. 

ICE Spokesman Shawn Neudauer issued a statement saying "Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Omaha placed a detainer with the Douglas County (Nebraska) Jail on Edwin Elvir-Palma (aka Orling Carrasco-Zelaya) on April 17, following his local arrest. Elvir-Palma is considered an immigration fugitive based on a previously issued deportation order issued by a federal immigration judge on March 20, 2012."

Douglas County Sheriff's were able to stop Elvir-Palma at 134th & Camden Ave. about 15 minutes after the hit and run.  Witnesses flagged down a deputy about an intoxicated driver in the area.

"Who knows how many other people could've been injured with him that night.  It was some luck it was some coordination, cooperation between agencies to get information out over the airwaves there to get him stopped as quickly as possible before he did any other damage," DSCO Chief Deputy Tom Wheeler explained.

Prosecutors anticipate Elvir-Palma having his first court appearance either Wednesday or Thursday.

KMTV Action 3 News spoke with his wife off camera, but she would not confirm his name or speak about what happened.