OMAHA, Neb. — An Omaha man was sentenced to spend at least 15 years in prison for his role in a fatal collision that killed another motorist.
The Omaha World-Herald (http://bit.ly/2d6yKfY ) reported that Davis Hadi, 39, was convicted on Monday of drunken driving and motor vehicle homicide.
Carl Gauff, 60 drove west on L Street in Omaha on Mar. 13 when Hadi’s SUV hit him head-on. Gauff later died at Nebraska Medical Center. His grandson Dontae Chavez, 15, who was also in the car, suffered a lacerated spleen and a concussion.
Police said Hadi’s blood-alcohol level was .308 almost four times the legal limit at the time of the accident.
The tragedy united the wives of Gauff and Hadi, a relative said. According to Gauff relative Sandra Alcaraz, the family of Miriam Yunis, Hadi’s wife, will be invited to Thanksgiving dinner at the Gauff household. Gauff’s family will also make sure Yunis and her children have food for Christmas.
“We want to be there for (Yunis) and her kids,” Alcaraz said. “It’s not her fault.”
Hadi didn’t address the court during sentencing, but attorney Matt Miller said he showed remorse by agreeing to plead no contest to a motor vehicle homicide charge in July.
Under state sentencing guidelines, Hadi must serve 15 years in prison before he is eligible for parole and must be released after 25 years. He was given credit for 198 days already served.
“I’m angry, frustrated and glad he got that sentence,” said Nanone Bell, Gauff’s sister. “I will miss (my brother).”
According to Miller, Hadi was born in Sudan and spent time at refugee camp in Ethiopia where he was exposed to violence.
“If he fled a country because of death and he came here and caused death, there’s some irony in there, tragically,” said Douglas County District Judge Thomas Otepka on Monday.
Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com