SUN Staff Report

12/6/07

    A man who crashed his car into a wall Tuesday near Española Hospital had already died by the time paramedics arrived at the scene, according to Española Valley paramedics.

    David Garcia, 57, was driving a Ford Explorer south on North Coronado Avenue at 3:30 p.m. when he apparently lost control of his vehicle, according to information provided at the scene and state Office of the Medical Investigator spokesman Tim Stepetic.

    Garcia appeared to have driven his vehicle up on to the curb, knocking a telephone pole out of the ground and demolishing a cinderblock wall bordering a house. The vehicle came to a stop against a cinderblock wall and a street sign. The most conspicuous damage to the vehicle was the crunched-in front passenger side, which hit the second cinderblock wall when the vehicle came to rest.

    “It looks like he may have had a cardiac event that led to the accident,” Stepetic said. “Apparently witnesses saw him slump over the wheel before he hit the pole.”

    An autopsy that was being conducted Wednesday (12/5) morning was expected to determine Garcia’s cause of death, Stepetic said.

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