Police say they’re looking into alcohol and speeding as factors in the crash that killed 76-year-old Tim Flaherty. His daughter, Susan Flaherty, said he was working a shift for Physician’s Laboratory Services.
“He worked about three days a week just to keep himself active and have something to do,” Susan said. “He ran up to Omaha to pick up some supplies for them.”
Joaquin Dimayuga-Alvarado was driving a black car that hit Tim’s work vehicle from behind, according to Omaha Police. Officials booked him for felony motor vehicle homicide.
“Knowing my father, I’ll bet you a million dollars he was listening to some type of a ballgame or something on the radio,” Susan said. “And he was reading his book. He never went anywhere without a book.”
Dimayuga-Alvarado then veered across west-bound interstate traffic, hitting a Jeep Cherokee with two people inside.
Officials say the driver and passenger in the Jeep Cherokee are OK.
A 16-year-old passenger in Dimayuga-Alvarado’s vehicle was sent to Bergan Mercy Hospital. A spokesperson says the female passenger is in stable condition Monday.
Susan Flaherty says she never knew her father to have a drop of alcohol.
“The fact that drunk driver hit him… the irony of that does not escape me,” Susan said.