Hit-and-run case against Aurora fire chief’s wife sent to DA’s office

AURORA, Colo. — The hit-and-run case against the Aurora fire chief’s wife was sent to the district attorney’s office for review.

Michelle Yi, a spokeswoman from the district attorney’s office, told the Denver Post that District Attorney George Brauchler’s staff are looking over the Aurora Police Department’s hit-and-run investigation to decide whether or not charges will be filed against the Aurora fire chief’s wife, 50-year-old Adriene Garcia.

Police have accused Adriene Garcia of injuring two children in a hit-and-run accident that occurred on Wednesday.

According to police, at about 8:23 p.m. Wednesday, they received a report of a hit-and-run crash at E. Yale Avenue and S. Peoria Street. A blue Hyundai sedan was stopped for a red light about to continue east when a black Nissan Pathfinder rear-ended the Hyundai.

The Pathfinder then left the accident scene going south on Peoria, police said.

Two children in the Hyundai, who were not restrained, were injured and taken to a local hospital. One of the children had a non-life-threatening but serious injury, police said.

About 8:45 p.m., police said they received another report from S. Chambers Road and E. Belleview Avenue and found the Pathfinder that was allegedly driven by Adriene Garcia.

Danny Foster, Adriene Garcia’s attorney, said the accident was a result of her history of erratic behavior, which can be attributed to a brain injury from over 20 years ago.

The airbag deployed when she crashed her SUV into the Hyundai, and the impact may have disoriented her, Foster told the Post. He added that she drove almost five miles after the accident before her vehicle stopped running, unaware there had even been a collision.

Foster said she then called her husband, who contacted 911 when he arrived on the scene.

Both Chief Garcia and his wife are cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation, said Foster.

The Post reported that Garcia has a prior conviction of harassment and her husband, Mike Garcia, reportedly filed for a temporary restraining order against her in 2001.

According to a copy of the 2001 application, Mike Garcia stated that his wife had attacked him, as well as harassed him at work and threatened to destroy his career.

Yet, records showed that the order was never completed because the Garcias failed to appear in court.

Another restraining order was filed by Adriene Garcia against her step-daughter, Annette Garcia, in 2003, reported the Post. The 2003 application also mentioned her brain injury.

The restraining order was dropped in 2006.