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“No sign of braking” before impact, police say
A Pearsall man lost his life Thursday evening, October 22, after a collision caused by a teenager reportedly driving recklessly at a high rate of speed on Comal Street.
Police say 18-year-old Ryan Garcia of Cotulla was speeding west on Comal when his vehicle struck a Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck being driven by 53-year-old Efrain Leal Sr.
According to a report on the case, the impact of the collision at the intersection of Willow and Comal streets sent Leal’s truck into a shed behind a home on Willow Street; Garcia’s truck went through the home’s front porch.
Officers investigating the crash have indicated they found no signs that Garcia had attempted to brake before striking Leal’s vehicle. Witnesses to the accident reported that Garcia was traveling at around 80 miles per hour at the time of the crash, 50 miles per hour faster than the posted speed limit.
Pearsall police have confirmed that alcohol consumption was not a contributing factor in the deadly crash.
Garcia has been charged with a state jail felony for criminally negligent homicide. Conviction of the offense can carry a sentence of between 180 days and two years in prison.
Police are also commenting on the number of onlookers at the scene after the collision and have indicated that crowding may hamper emergency response, traffic control and a law enforcement investigation.
“We understand this was a tragic accident and emotions were running high,” Police Chief Peter Salinas said. “But we ask that citizens report accidents, then back away for police to work the scene.”