Platte hit-and-run suspect turns self in

By Andrea Sinclair Published: July 11, 2013 | 2:05 pm

Fidel Eugene Garcia, 42, turned himself in as the driver allegedly responsible for the hit-and-run death of a woman on East Platte Avenue on June 19, according to Colorado Springs police.

Elizabeth Anne Marshall, 31, died around 8:51 p.m. June 19 when a 2013 Chevrolet Sonic struck her as she crossed the street.

Barbara Miller, CSPD spokeswoman, said Garcia was taken into custody on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

A piece of the Sonic that was recovered at the scene had a General Motors part number stamped on it that led police to search for the Sonic. Garcia's attorney alerted police to the vehicle at a home on the 5100 block of Blackcloud Loop, an arrest affidavit said. A detective visited that location and saw, through an open garage door, a dark red Chevrolet Sonic.

Garcia was not present for questioning, but the attorney allowed police into the garage to recover the car. There, according to court records, police found damage to the passenger side front bumper, headlight, hood and windshield that was consistent with the hit-and-run.

Detectives also located "biological tissue" on the front of the vehicle that police say was connected with collision.

Through follow up with Garcia's neighbors, detectives learned he had been participating in a horshoe pitching league in Memorial Park during the night of the hit-and-run. Members of the league confirmed that Garcia was driving the Sonic that night and left the park shortly before Marshall was killed.

Initially, Major Accident Unit investigators were dispatched to the site of the hit-and-run. They discovered Marshall was crossing from the south in mid-block, when the eastbound Chevy struck her with the right front part of the vehicle.

Police recovered the Chevy Sonic involved in the hit-and-run June 22, which the crime lab examined.

Garcia posted $10,000 bail and was released from El Paso County jail Wednesday, records show. He will be advised July 17 and his first court appearance is scheduled for July 24, according to court records.

Marshal was thrown some 150 feet and lodged under a parked pickup truck, said Kevin Zirfas, an employee of the Black Sheep nightclub, on June 19 after witnessing the hit-and-run.

"It sounded like two cars colliding," Zirfas said. "I was surprised the car didn't stop, slow down or anything. They just kept driving on through."

Marshall was an automotive clerk and a longtime Colorado Springs resident, according to her obituary in The Gazette. She is survived by her parents, brother and sister.

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