Photos: Adriene Garcia, wife of Aurora fire chief, busted for hit-and-run

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Adriene and Mike Garcia, in a photo from her Facebook page. More pics below.
In recent months, we've been reporting about the shocking number of hit-and-runs in the area. Take yesterday's report about the plea deal involving Theresa O'Connor, who's admitted causing the death of cyclist Ernesto Wiedenburg.

Given the volume of such offenses, the hit-and-run incident for which Adriene Garcia was arrested might seem all too commonplace -- if she weren't the wife of Aurora's fire chief, Mike Garcia.

Adriene Garcia's Facebook page features several photos of her with her husband, including this one....

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...and this one.

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Also on view are assorted solo portraits. Here's one example....

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...and another:

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The presence of a drink in the photo above shouldn't imply that liquor was a factor in the crash that led to Adriene being taken into custody. Indeed, an Aurora Police Department release specifically mentions that "neither intoxication nor excessive speed is suspected in this event" -- an unusual statement at such an early stage of the investigation.

However, the APD alert avoids any mention of Adriene's husband or their prominence in the community.

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The scene of the crash, from 9News coverage.
What happened?

At about 10:23 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, according to the APD, a blue Hyundai sedan was stopped at the traffic signal controlling the intersection of East Yale Avenue and South Peoria Street when a black Nissan Pathfinder traveling eastbound smacked it from behind. But rather than sticking around, the Pathfinder's driver hightailed it out of there, heading south on Peoria.

The collision was serious enough to hurt two children in the Hyundai; they were accompanied by an adult male. Both kids were transported to an area hospital, with one in particular said to have suffered a serious but non-life-threatening bodily injury.

About twenty minutes later, at approximately 10:44 p.m., police received what they characterize as "another report from South Chambers Road and East Belleview Avenue," where they found the Pathfinder and confirmed it had been in the crash.

The caller, according to 9News, was Mike Garcia. Adriene is said to have driven home and told her husband what happened, at which point he dialed 911.

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Another 9News image from the crash site scene.
The aforementioned 9News report includes comments from Adriene's attorney, who floats the possibility that a medical condition may have caused the crash -- the same argument made by O'Connor's legal team. In Adriene's case, the lawyer says she suffered a traumatic brain injury during an assault about a decade ago and its lingering effects have been exacerbated by "a few auto accidents she has been in."

Nonetheless, the APD expects felony charges to be filed against Adriene, including careless driving resulting in serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury. Also possible is a charge against the driver of the Hyundai, since his kids weren't in seat belts at the time of the crash.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa May 15: "Theresa O'Connor, guilty in hit-and-run that killed cyclist, may not get jail time."


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30 comments
Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

I would hardly call a fire chief elitist

milocolo
milocolo

I am sure the victims will hire their own private attorney this has special treatment by the City of Aurora written all over it. .  Garcia's attorney has a lame excuse for her leaving the scene of an accident using a brain injury as a defense.  Ms. Garcia knew to drive her self home and found her way with no problem, she knew her husbands phone number, she knew what she did and she told her husband the same.  I wonder if she escaped having drug tests and breathalyzer tests in past accidents because of her husbands job for special treatment..  Also why was she not brought to the hospital immediately after the accident if this was a concern of a past brain injury or even a possible re-injury from the accident..  The hospital would of done tests on her and reveal the true results of what really went on..  I can't imagine why anybody would allow her to get behind a wheel in the first place if they knew she was not mentally stable or medically fit to drive.  Something is also not right for the Aurora Police to just look the other way and not test her for drugs or alcohol after a hit and run accident.  It looks like an obvious cover up with special treatment  cannot believe any jury would fall for that lame defense.   Lock her up and make sure she can't afford to drive again is what I would be seeking.     

Chad Kautzer
Chad Kautzer

I think your hook should be more explicit in your articles. Start with something like: "We are all white at Westword and we've never really thought about our racial prejudices, including our implicit commitment to white supremacy, as is evident in our article hooks. Whenever a white person commits a crime (which is a lot, because most crimes are committed by white people) we write something like 'you'd never expect this person to commit such a crime.' We never write this about any other races, because we are not surprised when other races commit crime. That's how racism works. We're thinking about renaming our paper Whiteword." Sounds about right, no?

Yuke Toofte
Yuke Toofte

Doesn't matter how scared you are, you never leave the scene

Sabira Stash
Sabira Stash

This is horrible. My student, Za May Ka, was killed along with his little brother in a hit and run last year, and they still haven't found the shit head who did it. No justice for the family.

Carrie Rametta
Carrie Rametta

I M so tired of people who think they are self entitled and don't give a you know what...the police chiefs wife is a sorry excuse of anything if this true

Nelson Pineda
Nelson Pineda

this is bullshit if she walks away with a slap on the hands, and the fact they may charge the victims is royally messed up

Tommy Shackelford
Tommy Shackelford

Make an example and lock this lady up, no excuses and being a fire chiefs wife--wow what has happend even fire chiefs wife is committing hit and runs This one needs a hard example behind it, years in prison for her please.

Zach Hepner
Zach Hepner

So, her TBI caused her crash...then she shouldn't drive if her TBI impairs her ability!!!!! Her husband should stick up for the well being of Denver/Aurora and pull her car from her!!!

Kevin Lucas
Kevin Lucas

Ha. I know that lady. That being said, The other driver needs to be held accountable as well. Put seatbelts on your kids asshole.

Justin Jones
Justin Jones

If she does a year hard time it'll send a message to people. Maybe she should do 5 years. If she is retarded from a previous accident and head injury then she shouldn't even be driving a car.

Justin Jones
Justin Jones

We need to make an example of all hit and runners. It has become so bad around here. You're supposed to stop and try and save the person you just ran over. Why is this so hard to understand ? If the person dies it should be manslaughter or worse.

Tina Degroot
Tina Degroot

Doesn't matter who she's married to! She needs to be responsible for what she did. And the other thing about her having medical problems in the for brain injuries then WHY the hell is she driving?

שרי אורדאז
שרי אורדאז

If that O'Connor lady could get away with it, even though she actually KILLED someone, then this lady could too. On the other hand, NO. These two should not get away because of some "medical condition" bull...

Josh Weakland
Josh Weakland

Hit and runs in and around Denver are out of control.

Brandon Malone
Brandon Malone

At least the husband did the right thing. If she has issues with a brain injury why does she have a license?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Hit and waddle maybe.  I don't think the gal in the picture with the margarita was doing a lot of running.  

beth63111
beth63111

So if she has been in several other accidents and there is a medical condition, why does she still have a license?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Why does Wasteword think the number of Hit and Runs are "shocking" ?


Is it shocking when criminals Rape and Run?


Is it shocking when thieves Rob and Run?


Is it shocking when arsonists Burn and Run?


What other criminal suspect is expected to Remain at the Scene of their Crime ??


...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@beth63111  ... Doh! ... defense backfire!

YoMama
YoMama

A Congressman!  A President!  Both are criminals and neither run (unfortunately).

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@WonkeyPotay ... are you idiotically asserting that those who often foolishly remain at the scene of their vehicular crimes don't end up in jail or prison for those crimes?


Grow a brain, numbnuts.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues ... you extricated your cranium from your rectum for a brief moment in time?



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