Accident Takes the Life of Tech Band Member - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/19/02

Accident Takes the Life of Tech Band Member

Sad news for the Texas Tech Band. Early Thursday morning one of its members was killed in a car wreck. 19-year-old Sophomore Tuba Player O.J. Garcia, died near Menard, when his car collided with a semi-truck.

The local DPS says Garcia fell asleep at the wheel and drifted into the oncoming lane. Garcia's car was hit by a semi, causing the car to overturn in a ditch. The car then burst into flames killing Garcia.

Anna Henry with the Tech School of Music says Garcia was driving to San Antonio from Lubbock to catch a plane to Orlando for the Tangerine Bowl. Henry remembered O.J. Garcia as a friend to everybody and an excellent tuba player.

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