- The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Precious Nievas, 25, and Philip Nievas, 21, on April 30, Mercury News reported.
- Authorities said officers tried to pull Garcia over after he made several lane changes at the expressway and executed a U-turn without using his signal light.
- Garcia sped away after officers turned on their vehicle’s flashing light. The suspect ran a red light and hit the Nievas siblings, who were driving a 1999 Toyota Camry, as they were turning left onto Mitty Way, according to KPIX 5.
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- Garcia is now in police custody as he remains in the hospital to be treated for serious injuries, including a broken back. Authorities also arrested Garcia’s passenger.
- A GoFundMe campaign has been set up on behalf of the Nievas family. The fundraiser has raised over $24,000 as of this writing.
- The Nievas siblings worked at Cepheid, a molecular diagnostics and lab-testing company in Sunnyvale.
- These murder charges are based on the notion of implied malice, stating Garcia should have been aware that his actions on the night of the road accident could have been deadly.
- The suspect is also facing two felony counts of eluding a police officer, one for causing the deaths of the victims and the second for injuring his 17-year-old passenger.
- Authorities also charged Garcia with two felony counts of having a concealed, loaded gun in his car and a misdemeanor for illegally possessing cannabis for sale.
- Both Garcia and the passenger will be brought to the Santa Clara County Main Jail and Juvenile Hall upon leaving the hospital.