Phelps Pleads No Contest To Motor Vehicle Homicide Charges

A man blamed for the death of 2 young girls has plead no contest to motor vehicle homicide charges.

Christopher Phelps will now face a judge in August for sentencing after he plead no contest to two counts of motor vehicle homicide.

In October, 2012, Phelps was driving drunk behind the wheel of an SUV that rolled over and down an embankment at 87th and Quest Street in Northwest Omaha.

Phelps, 36, got in an argument with his girlfriend, Chanelle Torry before the crash happened. Douglas County Deputies say Torry told Phelps to drive her and her three daughters to their Omaha home. Phelps sped off and lost control of the SUV turning onto 87th Street. The vehicle flipped over after it ran into a ravine. No one inside the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.

Two of her children, 4-year-old Laela Torry-Tooley and 5-year-old Mela Skye Torry, were ejected and pinned under the SUV. They died of their injuries. Chanelle suffered a broken back, seven broken ribs and injuries to her head. A third child, 17-month-old Brielle Torry, was not hurt.

Deputies said Phelps initially left the scene, but returned and was arrested.

Channel 6 News later learned that investigators received results of a blood test taken at the emergency room showing Phelps' blood alcohol level was 0.16 -- twice the legal limit for driving.

Chanelle told investigators she didn't want to argue with Phelps in front of the children, so she asked him to take them home. Deputies say Phelps was angry and in a hurry. Chanelle tried to secure the children, but couldn't.

"She attempted to do that as they were leaving the residence, but he sped off in a hurry,” said then Douglas County Deputy Marty Bilek. “She was unable to secure the kids and the accident happened, just a block down the street. It's a terrible dilemma because she doesn't want to expose her kids to the argument, to the domestic violence, so she leaves the scene, but that poses a new risk with the fact that he is intoxicated and that is what happened in this case."


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