Witness Talks About High Speed Chase Ending in Suicide - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/14/05

Witness Talks About High Speed Chase Ending in Suicide

What happened after 19-year-old Adam Garcia was stopped for speeding, ran from officers, held someone at gunpoint, stole a truck and finally killed himself in is best described by eyewitness, Melissa Aguirre.

Garcia's stolen truck crashed into Aguirre's front yard in central Lubbock. Minutes later, Garcia shot himself and Aguirre saw everything. "I don't ever want to witness something like that ever, ever. It was horrible," said Aguirre.

The house is also a daycare. Garcia was heading north on Salem when the car went out of control. The tire marks were still visible on the driveway and in the yard. The truck stopped just feet away from the front room where the kids were inside making Halloween decorations.

"The kids were in that room right there and I told them to lay down and I looked up and when I looked up he had the gun to his head and them I saw him shoot himself," Aguirre remembered. "After that we took the kids to the back room and started calling the parents."

The moment Aguirre heard the car screeching, she knew it was something bad.

"The cops were her like that," she said as she snapped her fingers. "We didn't have to call or anything, so I already knew he had done something really bad. But him taking his life?"

Soon after, frantic parents started picking up the children. All were unharmed. Aguirre suffers emotional damage from seeing a man take his own life in her front yard.

"It was pretty scary. He's my age, he's 19," said Aguirre. "I don't know what to think or anything, I was thinking, man, it was really brutal."

No police officers or civilians were injured during the incident.

Routine Traffic Stop Ends in Shooting Death
Police are still trying to figure out why a young man took his own life after a routine traffic stop turned deadly. NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel was on scene moments after a high speed car chase, and she explains the events that led up to the death of 19-year-old Adam Garcia.

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