Alex Garcia, Teen Charged As An Adult In Deadly New Year's Day Crash, Bond Denied

CBS4's Ted Scouten reports Garcia, 16, is facing 10 charges, including vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter. Read more: https://cbsloc.al/3aoHfRQ

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TED SCOUTEN: At the same time that Alex Garcia was appearing in Adult Bond Court, back here on the scene-- where they have a memorial set up for the victims-- these signs were going up, reminding people to drive safely. 16-year-old Alex Garcia is in Adult Bond Court after his case was moved from the juvenile system. The teen is facing 10 charges, including vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter.

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Andres Medina's daughter, Yuhlia Gelats, was one of four people who died just hours into 2021. Garcia is accused of speeding at more than 100 miles per hour at 79th and Flagler, crashing into another car, killing everyone inside, and injuring two in his own SUV. He was driving on a learner's permit.

Prosecutors say he was under the influence. Garcia's attorney said that he was not.

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Appearing virtually in the hearing, a friend of Garcia's who was in the car with him and seriously injured.

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Also brought up in court, two instances of recent vandalism at the roadside memorial.

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Visiting that site after the hearing, Yuhlia's father is pleased to see that the roadside markers are set up and vows to overcome anyone who may vandalize the memorial to those young lives lost.

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