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Air Force vet shot and killed while waiting for puncture help

Omaha Police are investigating a 21-year-old driver who struck an Air Force veteran parked on Interstate 80 near 60th Street with a flat tire on Saturday afternoon. Tim Flaherty, 76. His daughter, Susan Flaherty, said he worked for doctors’ lab services. “He was working about three days a week just to stay active and have something to do,” Susan said. “He ran to Omaha to collect supplies for them.” Joaquin Dimayuga-Alvarado was driving a black car that hit Tim’s work vehicle from behind, according to Omaha police. Authorities convicted him of the crime of homicide while driving a motor vehicle. “Knowing my dad, I’ll bet you a million bucks he was listening to some kind of ball game or something on the radio,” Susan said. “And he was reading his book. He wasn’t going anywhere without a book.” Dimayuga-Alvarado then veered through westbound interstate traffic, colliding with a Jeep Cherokee with two people inside. Officials say the driver and passenger of the Jeep Cherokee are fine. A 16-year-old passenger in Dimayuga-Alvarado’s vehicle has been sent to Bergan Mercy Hospital. A spokesperson said the passenger was in stable condition on Monday. Susan Flaherty said she never knew her father drank a drop of alcohol. .

Omaha Police are investigating a 21-year-old driver who struck an Air Force veteran who was parked on Interstate 80 near 60th Street with a flat tire on Saturday afternoon.

Police say they view alcohol and speed as factors in the crash that killed 76-year-old Tim Flaherty. His daughter, Susan Flaherty, said he worked for the doctor’s lab services.

“He was working about three days a week just to stay active and have something to do,” Susan said. “He ran to Omaha to collect supplies for them.

Joaquin Dimayuga-Alvarado was driving a black car that hit Tim’s work vehicle from behind, according to Omaha police. The authorities convicted him of the crime of homicide on a motor vehicle.

“Knowing my dad, I’ll bet you a million bucks he was listening to some kind of ball game or something on the radio,” Susan said. “And he was reading his book. He never went anywhere without a book.”

Dimayuga-Alvarado then crossed westbound interstate traffic, colliding with a Jeep Cherokee with two people inside.

Authorities say the driver and passenger of the Jeep Cherokee are fine.

A 16-year-old passenger in Dimayuga-Alvarado’s vehicle was sent to Bergan Mercy Hospital. A spokesperson said the passenger was in stable condition on Monday.

Susan Flaherty says she never knew her father drank a drop of alcohol.

“The fact that the drunk driver hit him… the irony of that doesn’t escape me,” said Susan.