No charges in fatal wreck involving military truck
Updated On: Jun 03 2014 06:49:52 PM CDT
Police said a Marine will not be charged in a wreck involving his military truck that killed a young man.
Police announced Tuesday that after a presentation of all the evidence to the district attorney, it was determined that no motor vehicle violations were made in the wreck at the intersection of Highway 70 and East Chatham Street in Newport on April 7.
Christian Javier Garcia, 20, (pictured above) was killed in that wreck after his vehicle ran under a military truck and trailer, police said.
Police said they determined that the Marine who was driving the military truck was trying to make a lawful left on Highway 70 from the eastbound lanes to the westbound lanes.
Garcia was traveling westbound on Highway 70 when his car collided with the military truck as it was making the left turn, police said.
According to weather reports, there were periods of extremely heavy rain at the time of the accident, said investigators. The weather combined with nighttime conditions reduced visibility for all drivers in the area.
Newport Police said they asked Greenville Police to help with the investigation. In addition, MCAS Cherry Point and New River conducted independent investigations and also concluded that no traffic violations were made.
"While this was a tragic accident that claimed the life of Christian Garcia, no clear illegal traffic violation can be determined for either driver based upon the evidence, said Newport Police Chief Jeff Clark. "We have met with the Garcia family and explained our findings and investigation to them. We extended our thoughts and prayers to all parties involved in this tragic incident."
"Newport Police Department officers conducted a thorough investigation of this collision. Based upon the investigation findings, we have determined that no violation of law occurred. Therefore no criminal charges will be filed in this case," added District Attorney Scott Thomas.
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