Manchester police make arrest from fatal crash in July

Epifanio Garcia (Photo: Manchester Police)

MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — Manchester Police have arrested the man they say struck and killed a driver in July.

Epifanio Garcia, of Manchester, turned himself into police on Friday on an outstanding arrest warrant. He was charged in connection to the fatal accident that occurred just after midnight on July 15 at the intersection of Tolland Turnpike and Oakland St. The crash was investigated by the Manchester Police Traffic Unit and the Metro Traffic Services Accident Reconstruction Team. Police say the investigation determined Garcia was operating a vehicle westbound on Tolland Turnpike at high speed when it rear-ended a vehicle operated by 73-year-old Solomon Reid of Manchester. Reid had been stopped on Tolland Turnpike for a red light waiting to turn left onto Oakland Street. Investigators determined Garcia had been traveling at least 80 MPH prior to impact. The posted speed limit is 40 MPH. Garcia had a blood alcohol level of .17 and drug tests also detected the presence of marijuana in his system, according to police. A small quantity of marijuana and paraphernalia was found in Garcia’s vehicle. He sustained a broken arm from the accident.

Garcia was charged with manslaughter in the second-degree with a motor vehicle, driving under the influence, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, less than ½ oz, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was processed and released on $200,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Manchester Superior Court on Nov. 3, 2016.