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Omaha man sentenced in connection to July 2021 fatal crash near ORBT bus stop

Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 3:43 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - An Omaha man was sentenced Friday in connection to a fatal crash in July 2021 near 90th & Dodge.

John Caillau, 28, was sentenced to 16-20 years for motor vehicle homicide and DUI and his license is also suspended for 15 years. Caillau will be eligible for parole after eight to 10 years.

James Yungbluth, 64, of Waterloo, Iowa was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

“We would end every single phone conversation with I love you.”

Jim Yungbluth loved life. Father, husband, brother, and friend.

Jim played drums and harmonica in area bands and worked for more than 30 years at the Nebraska Furniture Mart. He was always surrounded by family and friends.

“He was selfless for not only us but for the entire community.”

But Yungbluth was taken in the early morning hours of July 9th. His car was sideswiped by John Caillau and spun out of control winding up on its top, killing Jim.

Friday Caillau was sentenced by Judge Horatio Wheelock and will spend several years in prison. Caillau’s blood-alcohol level was more than five times the legal limit and he was driving 106 mph.

“It’s senseless for people to drink and drive with all the rideshares and all the Ubers and Lyfts and everything out there. There’s no reason for anything like this to ever happen ever. It’s senseless and it’s avoidable,” said Becky Yungbluth, Jim’s wife.

Jim’s daughter Carey got engaged a few months before he died.

“We had picked out the song that we were going to dance to going to walk me down the aisle, I’m the first one to get engaged and get married so it was his first round that he’s doesn’t get to have now,” said Carey.

Another daughter Cassidy got the news her father was killed on her 25th birthday.

“It was the worst day of my life. And now my birthday is just like the worst day that I don’t even want to think about.”

In court, Caillau addressed the family saying “nothing I can say to make anything right, I’ll have to deal with it the rest of my life. Find in in your heart to forgive me. Trying the best I can and move forward.”

Jim’s wife Becky says she was satisfied with the judge’s decision.

“He can sit for a good long time and think about what he did.”

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