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Omaha man ordered to spend 2 crash victims' birthdays in jail

Posted at 1:52 PM, Oct 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-24 15:00:56-04

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man who was convicted in a crash that killed two people has been ordered to spend the anniversary of the collision and the victims' birthdays in jail.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that 28-year-old Joshua Martinez Martinez was sentenced Friday in Sarpy County for two counts of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide in the Dec. 15, 2019, crash that killed 19-year-old Gabrielle Ramirez and 20-year-old Beau Dasher.

He immediately began serving 68 days. He then must turn himself in to serve an additional 24 days over the next two years, including on April 3, his birthday; April 15, Ramirez’s birthday; and Nov. 13, Dasher’s birthday. And then again on the anniversary of the crash.

Martinez was driving Ramirez and Dasher north on U.S. 75 when his vehicle crossed the median and struck a southbound pickup truck under the U.S. 34 bridge. Officials said Martinez lost control of his vehicle because he was driving too fast for the snowy conditions.

Besides killing Ramirez and Dasher, the crash also seriously injured a driver and adult passenger in the pickup truck.

Martinez also will be on probation for two years, must serve 200 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine.