Wife of Aurora fire chief charged in hit-and-run


AURORA, Colo. | The wife of Aurora’s fire chief has been charged in a hit-and-run crash that injured two children in another car.

Arapahoe County prosecutors on Friday charged Adriene Garcia, 50, with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries and careless driving. Authorities issued a warrant for her arrest.

Police said she rear-ended a sedan stopped at a red light on May 14 and left the scene. Her Nissan Pathfinder was found about 20 minutes later.

Two children in the other car, who were not wearing seatbelts, were taken to a hospital. Garcia’s attorney, Danny Foster, has said she managed to drive a mile before she called her husband, who in turn called 911.

Garcia’s husband, Fire Chief Mike Garcia, told police his wife called him and told him her car was not running. Another man then got on the phone and told him she had been in an accident and he should come to the scene, according to an arrest affidavit released Friday.

Police noted that Adriene Garcia seemed confused and told an officer she did not know and could not remember what happened. Yet officers did not smell alcohol, and she did not seem intoxicated, the affidavit says. Pieces of the wreckage officers found at the scene matched Adriene Garcia’s car.

Foster said his office is investigating whether a prior brain injury contributed to the accident.

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