Driver in critical-injury crash lacked license -
Published Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 1:00 am / Updated at 1:12 pm
Driver in critical-injury crash lacked license

The driver of a car involved in a crash that critically injured an Omaha man has a history of traffic violations but no Nebraska driver's license, according to state motor vehicle records.

Sergio Valdivia-Marquez, 21, has been cited or charged nearly a dozen times for traffic-related offenses since 2009.

His ability to obtain a license was revoked that year and again in August when he failed to pay a traffic-related fine, according to the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.

However, he's never applied for a Nebraska license. State officials said they found no evidence of his having a license issued in another state.

Valdivia-Marquez was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence, reckless driving and two unrelated misdemeanor warrants. He is to appear in court this week.

Michael Tran, 18, remained in critical condition Monday at the Nebraska Medical Center with injuries suffered in the crash, which happened about 12:10 a.m. Saturday near 72nd and Grover Streets.

Police said Tran was eastbound on Grover Street when his Mitsubishi Eclipse was hit by a Honda Civic traveling south on 72nd Street at a high rate of speed.

Valdivia-Marquez was driving the Honda, officers said. He was taken to a hospital with leg injuries and released.

The force of the impact pushed Tran's Eclipse into a third vehicle, which was waiting at the red light in the northbound lane of 72nd Street. Authorities say that vehicle's driver, Adam C. Block, 22, of Omaha, was not hurt.

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