Troopers’ investigation revealed that Manual Garcia (H/M, age 32) of Walker was driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup north on LA 441 when he rear-ended a 2006 Honda Civic. The Civic was forced off the roadway to the right, began to rotate, and struck a tree. The driver of the Civic, Dean Albares (W/M, age 43) of Hammond, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. He was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office. Lori Histand (W/F, age 32) of Hammond was riding in the passenger seat when the crash occurred. She sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Immediately after the crash occurred, Garcia continued approximately one quarter mile north on LA 441, where he was apprehended by a Livingston Parish Deputy. Garcia was obviously impaired and was placed under arrest. Troopers investigated the crash and took Garcia into custody. He provided a breath sample to Troopers, which showed that his blood alcohol content was more than double the legal limit. Garcia was booked into the Livingston Parish Prison on charges of DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, hit and run, vehicular homicide, and vehicular negligent injuring. If found guilty on all the above charges, Garcia faces over thirty years in prison.