Two young children were killed early Wednesday morning when the SUV they were riding in rolled over and down an embankment. 35-year-old Christopher Phelps was booked on two counts of motor vehicle homicide and refusing to take a sobriety test.
It happened at 87th and Quest Street, northwest of Omaha near Irvington, around 12:15 a.m.
Douglas County sheriff's investigators said Phelps was driving the vehicle on Quest Street, with a woman and her three young children as passengers. They said he took a turn onto 87th Street too fast, lost control of the vehicle and it rolled off the road and and into a ditch.
Two of the children, under the age of five, were ejected and pinned under the SUV. They died of their injuries.
The woman and a third child were hurt, but they are expected to be okay.
Deputies said Phelps, who had been behind the wheel, initially left the scene, but returned and was arrested. According to investigators he and the woman had gotten into a fight just before the crash.
A woman, who lives on the corner where the crash happened, says she saw the vehicle flip and she heard a woman calling out that her two children were stuck. She said family members helped bring the third child, described as a toddler, into their home while they called 911.
Investigators are looking into both speed and alcohol as possible factors in this crash.