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Man facing additional charges in now deadly crash; Accused of driving drunk

1 year 3 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 June 19, 2018 12:58 PM June 19, 2018 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - A man arrested last week for fleeing the scene of an accident that left a bicyclist dead is facing new charges.

On June 11, 20-year-old David Garcia was traveling on South Sherwood Boulevard around 8 p.m. when he ran a red light and rear-ended a vehicle, according to arrest records.

Authorities say as Garcia crossed over the median to flee the scene, he struck a bicyclist. The victim was transferred to a local hospital with serious injuries, where he later died.

Officials say the extent of damage to Garcia's vehicle forced him to come to a stop near Highland Road and Siegen Lane.

Deputies approached Garcia's vehicle and were overcome with a strong smell of alcohol. A warrant was issued for a blood alcohol content test after Garcia invoked his rights to counsel, swallowed marijuana, and told officers he was "F****d up."

Garcia has been charged with vehicular homicide, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, driving on divided highways, two counts of hit-and-run driving, traffic control signals, and careless operation.

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