Charges Filed In Josie Bluhm Fatal Crash

Douglas County District Attorney Don Kleine Thursday filed charges against a suspect in the fatal car crash that claimed the life of 4-year-old Josie Bluhm of Elkhorn. Kleine has charged 27-year-old Eleazar Rangel-Ochoa with two counts; the suspect will appear in court Friday morning.

Rangel-Ochoa is charged with motor vehicle homicide. He is also charged with driving on a suspended license.

Since Tuesday morning's crash, which happened just before 7:30, it has come to light that Rangel-Ochoa is an illegal immigrant who has been in the country for some time.

A check of court records by Channel 6 News earlier this week found that he had several prior traffic convictions. His license was suspended in 2002 after he was convicted of drunk driving for the third time.

As of Thursday midday, it was unclear how Rangel-Ochoa could have gone through the courts several times over a ten year period, and obtained a valid drivers license while being in the country illegally.

Witnesses at the scene of Tuesday's crash say Rangel-Ochoa blew through a red light and rammed into the side of the Bluhm family van. The van then spun into two cars that were waiting at the red light.