BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (01/26/2016) — A man charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence was arrested on suspicion of driving while high on either methadone or heroin, according to California Highway Patrol reports that were handed into the Kern County District Attorney’s office.
Jose Alfredo Garcia, 54, and his wife were on their way home to McFarland from Golden Mountain Casino in Porterville. The two were about 10 miles away from their house when Garcia crashed his Lexus into a pole near Cecil Avenue in Delano.
Garcia was taken to a local hospital with a broken left collarbone and a broken right heel, but his wife did not survive. She was later identified as 53-year-old Rosa Maria Trejo.
According to CHP reports, Garcia at first lied about being being the wheel. Officers said that Garcia gave them a “fictional” name, but they knew Garcia was the driver based off of the injuries he sustained in the crash. Garcia later admitted to being the driver, according to the reports.
Officers wrote that Garcia’s pupils were “constricted,” he was “nodding off,” and that his speech was “slow/slurred.”
“Garcia never asked about the condition of his wife,” wrote CHP Officer Hector Organista in the report. “I had to keep nudging Garcia to keep his attention on me.” ....MORE
|nmate Name:||GARCIA, JOSE ALFREDO|
|Court Case:||BF162833 A|
|Date/Time Booked:||01/17/2016 08:21 AM|
|Arresting Agency:||HIGHWAY PATROL (KERN CO.)|
|Booked On:||OPEN CHARGES|
|Anticipated release date for this booking:||** PENDING **|
|Next Hearing Date/Time:||01/29/2016 09:00 AM (set by Superior Court)|
|Next Hearing Location:||Metro Division – 1415 Truxtun – Div/Dept PH|
|01||FELONY||PC 191.5(A)>2015||GROSS VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER WHILE INTOXICATED|
|01||FELONY||VC 23153(E)>2014||DRIVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A DRUG CAUSING BODILY INJURY|