An Omaha woman has been charged with vehicular homicide following a crash that killed two people in Bellevue.
Maria Diaz Castelan, 33, was arrested Wednesday in connection with a Sept. 23 crash that killed 23-year-old Kirsten Fritz and 30-year-old Victor Munoz Garcia, according to a press release from the Sarpy County Attorney’s Office.
Around 8:15 the night of the crash, Castelan was driving a Honda Odyssey southbound on Fort Crook Road when she ran a red light at Cornhusker Road and struck two cars, a GMC Envoy and a Kia Sorento, according to the Bellevue Police Department.
Garcia, a passenger in the Odyssey, and Fritz, the driver of the GMC, were killed in the crash. Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene, and Fritz died at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, police said.
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Castelan and all three occupants of the Kia — Sally Harrington, 38, Ladell Harrington, 46, and an unidentified 16-year-old girl — were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center with injuries, according to police.
Both alcohol and speed appear to have been factors in the crash, according to the County Attorney’s Office.
Castelan’s charges include two counts of motor vehicular homicide by DUI and two counts of motor vehicular homicide by reckless or willful reckless driving, according to an arrest warrant filed on Sept. 29.
“This was a horrific motor vehicle crash that killed two people and injured three others,” Bonnie Moore, chief deputy county attorney, said in the release. “These types of crashes are preventable with safe driving. No measure of justice will bring the victims back. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims.”