AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– An attorney for the wife of Aurora Fire Chief Mike Garcia suggests a previous brain injury may explain why Adriene Garcia fled the scene last night and will likely be charged in the hit and run accident.
“Ms. Garcia is a disabled adult due to a brain injury she sustained several years ago,” attorney Danny Foster told CBS4. “Ms. Garcia is being evaluated for aggravation of her pre-existing brain injury which could explain her actions last evening.”
According to Aurora police, Adriene Garcia was driving a personal car when she rear ended another vehicle at East Yale Avenue and Peoria Street.
Investigators say two children were hurt in the accident and Ms. Garcia left the scene. Police contacted her 21 minutes later. Chief Mike Garcia called 911 when he learned of his wife’s hit and run accident.
“This is a tragic situation. Our heart goes out to the family. Right now I am not Chief Garcia. I am Adriene’s husband,” he said on Thursday.
Aurora police say Garcia, 50, will likely be charged with careless driving resulting in serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury. Police say they do not think excessive speed or intoxication were involved in the accident.
Foster told CBS4 the Garcia’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of those injured Wednesday night. He said while Adreine Garcia is disabled, she is a licensed and insured driver with a clean driving record.
“Ms. Garcia is not the type of person who would maliciously and intentionally leave the scene of an accident, especially when she would have no reason to flee the scene,” said Foster.