CALDWELL — A driver charged in the death of his passenger — who was hit and killed by a police vehicle during a pursuit — pleaded guilty Wednesday to vehicular manslaughter.
Joe Nevarez has been incarcerated on multiple charges in the Canyon County jail since Feb. 13, 2018, the day of the police chase. During the pursuit, Nevarez’s passenger, 36-year-old Georgia Carrera, fell from the van and was fatally struck by a Nampa police car.
On Wednesday, Nevarez also pleaded guilty to eluding an officer and possession of a controlled substance.
The pursuit started just after 12 a.m. Feb. 13, 2018, when police tried to pull Nevarez over in the 1600 block of Second Street South, according to a probable cause affidavit. As officers were going to ask Nevarez to get out of the van, he allegedly sped away. Police pursued.
During the pursuit, Carrera told Nevarez she wanted out, according to the affidavit. When Nevarez turned onto 18th Avenue South, Carrera fell from the vehicle, and Nevarez continued fleeing officers.
Carrera came to rest in the road on 18th Avenue near Second Street South. The initial pursuing officer turned onto 18th Avenue and, attempting to avoid items that had also been thrown from the van, did not see Carrera lying on the roadway. The officer ran her over, believing he hit debris, and continued pursuing Nevarez, according to the affidavit.
Two Nampa police officers were placed on administrative leave for two days after the incident. No officers were charged with a crime.
Nevarez’s sentencing is set for Aug. 5 at the Canyon County Courthouse.