Unlicensed Driver Facing 3rd DWI and Vehicular Homicide - KLFY News 10

Unlicensed Driver Facing 3rd DWI and Vehicular Homicide

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St. Mary Parish- A single vehicle crash on LA Highway 182 near Patterson High School has left one man dead and another facing his 3rd DWI and vehicular homicide charges.

Shortly after 3:30 a.m., 32 year old Auturo Garcia of Patterson, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer west on LA Highway 182.  For reasons still under investigation, Garcia crossed the centerline and traveled off the left side of the road.  After entering the ditch, the vehicle overturned ejecting Garcia and his passenger 24 year old Misael Garcia of Morgan City.  Neither of the occupants were wearing seat belts.  Misael Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Mary Parish Coroner.  Auturo Garcia was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. 

Troopers determined that Auturo Garcia was not a licensed driver and that he was impaired.  Once he is released from the hospital he will be booked into the St. Mary Parish Jail for DWI 3rd offence, vehicular homicide, careless operation, no seat belt and no driver's license.  Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

This crash remains under investigation.

Impairment and lack of seat belt use continues to be leading factors in fatal crashes throughout Acadiana.  Wearing a seat belt properly can greatly reduce a person's risk of injury in most crashes.  Seat belts allow crash forces to be spread across the whole body keeping and it will help to keep a person in the vehicle. Unrestrained persons are at a greater risk of sustaining severe or fatal injuries in a crash than a person who is restrained.  Buckle up every time in every seating position.  Not only is it the law, but it's the best way to survive a crash.

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