Driver charged after causing deadly crash in Lancaster County

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Carlos Garcia

A Lancaster man faces vehicular homicide and related charges after a 24-year-old woman died Saturday as a result of his reckless driving, police said.

According to police reports, the crash happened around 1:20 p.m. along the 1300 block of  East King Street in Lancaster Township and involved three vehicles. Police say Carlos R. Garcia, 33, was headed west on East King Street when he rear-ended a vehicle driven by Cat Hoang, 70, of Lancaster. The impact of the crash sent Garcia’s vehicle careening into the eastbound lane where he collided with a vehicle driven by a 47-year-old Lancaster Township woman.

The woman and her 24-year-old daughter, who was a passenger in the vehicle,  were taken to Lancaster General Hospital with serious injuries. The 24-year-old unidentified woman later died.

Garcia and his 7-year-old passenger were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Hoang was not injured in the crash.

Police arrested Garcia at the hospital and charged him with homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault, accidents involving death while not properly licensed, endangering the welfare of children, reckless driving and driving while under suspension (DUI related).

Authorities believe Garcia may have been driving under the influence when the crash happened. Additional charges are pending the results of his blood alcohol testing.

A witness told police that Garcia’s vehicle was weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds just before the crash.

He was taken to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 6.

10 comments

  • yupp

    Every time I see a name like Garcia in one of these news stories, I always wonder if that person is in the USA legally. To some people they consider that racist, but when will it stop if no one asks the question? Illegal aliens in this country cost all of us tons of money in social services and catering to people who come here and don't learn English. Local police should have the right and ability to question someone's citizenship when they are involved in a crime. It's time to take a stand against these invaders into our country!

  • joe

    Still do not have whole story,it is a horrible tragedy.So much judgement by inferior individuals commenting, I let them know how they as crums could be taken by me.My condolences to the deceased , Ipray the injured heals.

    • Joe

      I'm a different Joe. Garcia was not driving legally. He either had a suspended permit or no permit at all. Whose car was it? Was it stolen or his? What was a 7 year old doing in the car with a DUI driver? Those are important considerations. Death was the tragic result of his irresponsible and criminal behavior. A plethora of slurs and accusations solves nothing.

  • Mrs. B

    You people sicken me! My sister was killed 5 days after her birthday by a man who had a suspended license because of dui, was swerving in and out of traffic, rear ended a car and drove into the other lane killing my sister and seriously injured my mother! You dare argue over senseless things on here? Have respect and do it else where! My mother remembers very clearly what happen, she could not do anything to get out of the way and was hit head on. Have respect for our family and our beautiful Kaitlyn E. Berry who was tragically taken from us!

  • Sheetz friend

    Really that's what you people have to say? My best friend was just killed in a car crash and you guys are going to fight over if the driver was in the wrong place or if the killer is illegal or not? How about some respect for Kaitlyn's family and friends! This beautiful young woman was taken from all of us for no reason and she is going to be greatly missed! I hope Kaitlyn's mother recovers fast, and I'm sorry for the lost of your daughter.

  • joe

    IT makes you think to your self was the 47 yr old where she was supposed to be!This is very tragic!Let us all hope Garcia has insurance!

  • yupp

    It is only prejudice against individuals that are breaking federal law. Local police do not have the authority to arrest undocumented aliens, all they can do is notify INS. INS is the authority that monitors immigration violations.
    It would be nice if the USA would declare English as it's official language but that not the current problem. The majority of the people that speak Spanish only in this country are here illegally. When businesses cater to these non English speaking people by producing English/Spanish signs in their stores, or two language phone support, it cost consumers more money.
    If our society would stop making it easier for these people to be here, perhaps there would not be as many of them.
    If this man is here illegally someone died that would not have if he were not here.

  • yupp

    There are currently 11 million illegal aliens in this country. 99% of them are Hispanic. It really does not matter that they are Spanish, it's that are they here legally. There are not 11 million Nazis, Mafiosos, or Illegal French. They are of Hispanic origin and even if they didn't have a Hispanic name the question of citizenship should be part of any criminal investigation.

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