Wife of Aurora Fire chief suspected in hit-and-run that injured two children

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AURORA, Colo. -- Adriene Garcia, the wife of Aurora Fire Chief Mike Garcia, is suspected in a hit-and-run accident that left two children injured Wednesday night, the Aurora Police Department said Thursday.

Police expect to file felony charges of careless driving resulting in serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury against Adriene Garcia. Police do not believe intoxication or excessive speed are involved in the case.

Police did not say Adriene Garcia is the wife of Mike Garcia, but sources tell FOX31 Denver that she is.


Police say about 8:23 p.m. Wednesday, they received a report of a hit-and-run crash at E. Yale Avenue and S. Peoria Street. Police say 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 South Chambers Road and East Belleview Avenue and found the Pathfinder they say was driven by Adriene Garcia.

Investigators say she told them what happened.

Legal expert and defense attorney Dan Recht says he believes because she tried to make it right within 20 minutes of the crash, that will help her as she goes through the case against her.

Garcia's attorney says she has a previous brain injury and he plans to look into if that had something to do with what happened Wednesday night.

The driver of the Hyundai might face charges of failing to restrain the children.

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