MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida – Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lody Jean is due to decide on Wednesday whether she will grant bail to the teenager who faces charges as an adult in a fatal DUI crash.
Alex Garcia, 16, is accused of causing the death of Yuhlia Gelats Medina, 21; her boyfriend, Christian Mohip, 22; and their two friends, Andres Zacarías, 21, and Jenser Salazar, 21. He is also accused of having injured the two teenagers who were his passengers.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the teenager’s mother said he gave Garcia the keys to his Chevrolet Tahoe because he told her he was going to sit in the car and listen to some music, but he did not have his permission to leave. Garcia, who had a learner’s permit, then crashed into a Hyundai Elantra, police said.
After the New Years crash at the intersection of 79th Avenue and Flagler Street, Alex surrendered to the FHP soldiers on March 29. Brian Kirlew, Garcia’s defense attorney, continues to challenge the reliability of the prosecution’s evidence to support the DUI.
During the virtual hearing, Genevieve Valle, the prosecutor in charge of the case, said the toxicology report showed Garcia was both high and drunk during the fatal crash. There is evidence that Garcia was accelerating before the crash.
“The state has failed to prove in this court that there is a substantial likelihood of impaired driving,” Kirlew said, adding: “There is no evidence of when the marijuana was in its system… This does not prove that this person was driving under the influence.The speed proves that they were driving recklessly.
Jean disagreed with Kirlew and sided with Valle during the first part of the hearing.
Earlier this month, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mindy Glazer also disagreed with Kirlew’s stance on DUI evidence. Glazer ruled that there was one probable cause for all four counts of driving homicide, four counts of manslaughter and two counts of serious injury with impaired driving.
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