Roberto Garcia, 18, Charged With Murder After San Jose Fatal Crash
SAN JOSE, CA (May 1, 2021) – Authorities charged Roberto Garcia with murder after a fatal car crash on Lawrence Expressway in San Jose.
Police identified the 18-year-old man as the suspect that killed two people in a collision which occurred on Monday night.
The incident began when Roberto Joseph Garcia made several lane changes and a U-turn without signaling in San Jose area. Police noticed him and tried to pull over his Honda Accord.
Officers said Roberto Garcia did not stop, sped away and ran a red light. The Mercury News and KTVU News wrote that he then broadsided a Toyota Camry going south on Lawrence Expressway.
Precious Nievas, 25; and Philip Nievas, 22, Killed in Car Crash
The Camry plowed into a sound wall on the west side of the roadway upon impact. Officials reported the wreck on April 26 at around 10 p.m. near Mitty Way.
The two occupants of the Toyota died at the scene. The coroner’s office identified them as 25-year-old Precious Nievas, and 22-year-old Philip Nievas, both of San Jose.
Garcia sustained serious injuries including a broken back while his 17-year-old passenger ended up with moderate injuries as a result of the crash. Paramedics later took them to a hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, authorities arrested Garcia on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, evading a peace officer, and assorted gun and drug offenses. They soon charged him with two counts of murder.
Records showed that the suspect has a DUI charge for an unrelated arrest on April 7 in Morgan Hill. The tragic crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information can call the SJPD at 408-277-4654.
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