Hit-and-run sentencing for wife of Aurora fire chief delayed


AURORA | Sentencing in the felony hit-and-run case against the wife of Aurora’s fire chief has been pushed back to April, according to court records.

Adriene Garcia pleaded guilty in January to reckless vehicular assault, a class 5 felony, according to a statement from Arapahoe County prosecutors.

She was scheduled for sentencing Feb. 20 but that was delayed until April 3, according to court records. Michelle Yi, a spokeswoman for the Arapahoe COunty district attorney’s office, said the judge delayed the sentencing so court officials could determine if Garcia was eligible to serve her sentence at a halfway house.

In Colorado, a class 5 felony can carry a 3-year prison sentence, but often result in probation.

Garcia had been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury, a more-serious class four felony, as well as careless driving with injury, a traffic infraction.

Garcia’s husband, Mike Garcia, has been the city’s fire chief since 2007.

According to Aurora police, the crash happened around 10:20 p.m. May 14 on East Yale Avenue near South Peoria Street. Police said a blue Hyundai with a male driver and two children inside was waiting at the stop light when a Nissan Pathfinder, driven by Adriene Garcia, slammed into the back of the car.

The driver of the Nissan drove away from the scene and police later contacted her several miles away near East Belleview Avenue and South Chambers Road.

Police said the two children in the Hyundai were not wearing their seatbelts and both were injured. One child had non-life threatening injuries that required hospitalization, police said.

Police said they do not believe intoxication or excessive speed were factors in the crash.