Archive for Monday, October 29, 2012

Police investigating whether alcohol played a role in fatality accident near KU campus

October 29, 2012


Police have yet to determine the cause — and whether alcohol was a factor — in an early-morning accident near Kansas University on Friday that killed a Lawrence High School graduate.

Adrian J. Garcia, 33, died at Lawrence Memorial Hospital following a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Crescent and Spencer streets, which is several blocks west of KU’s Chi Omega Fountain.

Garcia was in a vehicle that struck a utility pole shorty after midnight, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley. Garcia and another person in the vehicle — 26-year-old Lawrence man Victor P. Del Campo — fled the scene. Police located Del Campo and Garcia, who was badly injured and later died at the hospital.

Del Campo — who was detained and questioned by police, but not arrested — wasn’t injured during the accident, McKinley said. Police are continuing to investigate the accident, including who was driving the vehicle and whether the driver was impaired, McKinley said.

Garcia was a member of the Lawrence High School football team from 1995 to 1997.


JackMcKee 5 years, 6 months ago

What was the Sheriff Department investigating today out on the Clinton Dam Road? They had both end closed to traffic and wouldn't explain what was going on.

JackMcKee 5 years, 6 months ago

What was the Sheriff Department investigating today out on the Clinton Dam Road? They had both end closed to traffic and wouldn't explain what was going on.

JackMcKee 5 years, 6 months ago

Wrong part of the lake. The investigation was going on down by the SE "beach" area near the hill.

cantbelievemyeyes 5 years, 6 months ago

How is the fact that Garcia was a high school football player more relevent than any other part of his life? Shouldn't that be in the obituary?

jhawkinsf 5 years, 6 months ago

As I recall from the previous article, Garcia had a job that might be negatively impacted by a DUI conviction. Hence the fleeing from the scene. Too bad, had he stayed and immediately called 911, he might have only lost his job, not his life.

Amy Heeter 5 years, 6 months ago

No he owned his business. Try taking anothee shot in the dark.

amandadawn21 5 years, 6 months ago

it is easy to speculate and say what he should have done... but is that really necessary? adrian lost his life in the end, and that is the greatest punishment he could have suffered. yes, there were things that could have been done differently, but i feel like we all spend way too much time saying what should have happened, and not enough time learning from what did happen...

RIP Adrian..

chargeit 5 years, 6 months ago

Likely chalk another death up to MADD and the prohibitionist agenda. What could have been another injury car accident resulted in a death due to efforts to avoid the extreme alcohol related punishments pushed though the Legislaures. Feel for the families.

RaynRavyn 5 years, 6 months ago

From the way the accident (most probably) occurred, as explained by another poster on the other article, and the fact of having far worse injuries, Adrian was most likely the passenger. (making the DUI comment moot) Obviously, the other person isn't saying, since the police have talked to him, and are still investigating who was driving (as per this article). He is the only one who would know for sure. I know it is basic human nature to speculate, but truth is, no one else may ever know what actually conspired to take our friend. Right now though, there is every possibility that another friend is living with the fact that as a direct result of his choices, someone he was close to is gone. These same choices that maybe he (and hundreds of others in Larry) have made repeatedly without negative consequence. Does it make them right? Not in any way. People, especially young adults, get complacent with their dangerous choices; more so each time they make them. Everyone believes themselves immune until they do lose a loved one. Adrian spent his life helping. From kids in trouble to individuals with delays... If losing him makes the people around him make better choices, well, that will be fitting. Love and miss you always, "A-Train".

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