Warrant issued for suspect in deadly crash

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Omaha Police are trying to locate 19-year-old Eswin Mejia. He is free on bond in a case involving a deadly traffic accident but he has failed to comply with the terms of his release and a warrant has been issued.

Mejia had not been showing up for his 24/7 checkups, where court official would make sure Mejia was not drinking while he was out on bond.

Mejia’s attorney had, “no comment,” on the case Thursday.

Mejia, who is accused of killing a woman while allegedly street racing under the influence, posted bond. Prosecutors say Mejia was racing another vehicle near 33rd and L streets on January 31st when he crashed into the back of a stopped SUV. The driver inside that SUV, 21-year-old Sarah Root, was hospitalized and later died.

Police said Mejia's blood-alcohol content at the time of the incident was .241 -- more than three times the legal limit. He was also driving on a suspended license. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 26th.

Mejia's bond had been set at $50,000. Police said he posted the necessary $5,000, or 10%, the evening of Friday, February 5th. Root's family and Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine are not happy with the low amount.

"Yeah, we're frustrated by the amount of bond that is set in this case. This is a case that carries up to 20 years. It's the death of young woman; very extremely serious charges, and so we want to obviously make sure this person shows up for court when he's supposed to, and also that we are protected from this kind of behavior," said Kleine.

On Thursday Kleine said he is frustrated because he did ask for a higher bond. He said it's even more frustrating for the police that have to re-arrest Mejia.

Root's father spoke at a Sunday night vigil about the bound amount. He said, "We would like call attention however to the fact that we laid her to rest yesterday, and the cost of a bond cost less than a funeral."