Omaha woman linked to deadly crash is back in custody

Published: Oct. 23, 2018 at 1:57 PM CDT
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The Nebraska woman involved in a head-on collision that killed three Sabetha, Kan. family members has been captured by the U.S. Marshals after not showing up for court in early October.

Maria Perez-Marquez, 49, was out on bond and failed to appear in the Jackson Co. District Court on October 11, Sheriff Tim Morse says.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office requested the assistance from the U.S. Marshals to locate Perez-Marquez. She was arrested on a no bond warrant Tuesday morning.

Perez-Marquez faces three counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Carmen, Marlee, and Stephen Ukele.

They were killed last November 25th on Highway 75 north of Holton, Kan. while on their way home from seeing Sabetha win the state championship football game.

Authorities say Perez-Marquez tried to pass another vehicle, swerved into the shoulder and crashed into the Ukele's minivan.

She also faces two counts of aggravated battery for injuring Carmen's husband, Lee Ukele, and her passenger, Rosalao Perez.

Morse says she was being transported to the Douglas County Jail in Omaha where she will await an extradition hearing.

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