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

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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.



  • Robert Gift

    Sad. Is the brain injury such that she should not be driving a motor vehicle?
    My friend has traumatic epilepsy from being in an automobile collision and not wearing seat-belts.
    He occasionally experienced petit mal seizures while driving.

  • Harold Seaward

    Wow. She’s already got an attourney / spokesman and a lame excuse. Her airbag deployed and she didn’t know she was in an accident? Not to mention the sudden deceleration and noise associated with a crash. She’s the wife of a politician…..she’ll walk.

    • Jeff Milosevich

      Within The City of Aurora special treatment goes a long- way to cover up misdeeds and their own corruption. She won’t walk if the victims follow up and get their own private attorney they will tear Garcia apart and get the justice they deserve.

  • annpirie

    They need to throw the book at her, husband city employee or not. Sounds like she should not be driving. Taking responsibility is not their middle name!

  • bouldernative28

    “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.” Anyone else would have been arrested and charged already. What a joke

  • Karen

    Between her fire chief husband and her last name..she’s home free. Also, what about the other driver not using seat belts for her kids..double wrong..

    • cssidenver

      Karen – what’s it like to go through life with such hate in your spirit. There are many moving parts in this and you’re complaining because she will get off “because of her last name”. I agree that she should have been arrested on-site and totally think it’s b.s. that she wasn’t but I think that is more due to her husbands position than her last name.
      Get some fresh air, cleanse your spirit or you’ll become a Sterling or a Bundy (both with similar ugly pejoratives).

    • cssidenver

      Whoever made the decision to let this person walk (vs getting arrested) owes the public an explanation. Why didn’t you do your job? Name one other hit-and-run perp who has been caught that wasn’t arrested? They are doing an
      “investigation” – pardon me!

  • annpirie

    There is a new DA now in that jurisdiction who is reputed to properly take care of business. I am hoping that rings true in this matter.

  • Jeff Milosevich

    No tests done on her after the accident makes it stink not only that if she was not aware of the accident she would of been brought to the hospital for further testing results would be known.
    It all looks like special treatment if none above were taking
    I hope the victims see through it and hire a private Attorney to get the justice they deserve.

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