Drunk Driver Hits Pedestrian, Keeps Driving With Man's Body Through Windshield

Tom Gantert

Paul Garcia is accused of striking a pedestrian with his car and then driving with his body through the windshield.

Austin, TX – An Austin man is in jail facing manslaughter charges after he hit a person with his car while driving drunk, and then continued down the roadway with the man’s mangled body in his passenger seat.

The incident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 when a Ford Focus driven by an intoxicated 24-year-old Paul Garcia struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Slaughter Lane and Menchaca Road, KXAN reported.

Witnesses told police that Garcia was driving without headlights when he slammed into 55-year-old Lee Cagle, who was pushing a shopping cart across the street when he was hit.

Cagle’s body went through the Ford’s windshield and landed, mangled, in the passenger seat, KVUE reported.

“The impact with the vehicle pushed the cart into a cluster of mailboxes with enough force to bend a two-inch diameter, galvanized steel post that supported mailboxes,” according to a police report.

But Garcia didn’t stop his car after the crash. Instead, he continued driving to the South Austin Beer Garden.

Surveillance video from security cameras outside the bar showed Garcia climbing out of drainage ditch with bare feet and calmly walking into the bar, KXAN reported.

The bar’s co-owner, David Pearce, said that it was obvious something was wrong with Garcia when he entered the bar.

“We didn’t know what kind of trouble he was in, we just knew it was bad,” Pearce told KXAN. “He was in tears. He was distraught. In a panicked state. You could see he had tears in his eyes and it looked like he was running from something.”

Garcia wasn’t served any alcohol by the South Austin Beer Garden, KVUE reported.

Police arrived a few minutes later and took Garcia into custody.

Cagle, whose body was still in the front seat of Garcia’s car, died as a result of his injuries.

The Austin American-Statesman reported that the Cagle’s body had extreme, traumatic injuries and that some body parts had become detached.

The police report said that when Garcia was arrested, he had Cagle’s blood and body tissue all over him.

There was debris that included car and body parts strewn down the road for a half mile from where Cagle was hit, KXAN reported.

Investigators said there were no brake skid marks on the road leading up to the point of impact.

It was Garcia's second arrest for drunk driving, according to KXAN.

The driver was charged with intoxication manslaughter, accident involving injury, and a traffic offense, KVUE reported.

Garcia was held in jail on a $110,000 bond, KVUE reported.

Comments (36)
flybynight
flybynight

I've seen this recently and the story is the perps were on a beer run so that might be worth a few points in their favor. 🙄

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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Huh. It'd be qwhite interesting if he somehow works an insanity angle.

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

No plea deal. Same as shooting or stabbing him to death. As for the victim thankfully death was instantaneous.

bryantrent
bryantrent

What A Crazy SOB

TONYAPARNELL
TONYAPARNELL

ILLEGAL ???

Rosangela97$
Rosangela97$

Why some people assume that because a person has a Spanish surname he or she is here in the USA illegally?

Stanracer
Stanracer

Drunk driving kills.

Mo_
Mo_

Drunk drivers are the scum of the earth. Pure evil.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Paul Garcia has four prior mugshots here:

texas.arrests.org/search.php?minage=&maxage=&sex=&county=640&chargecode=&fname=Paul&fpartial=True&lname=Garcia&startdate=&enddate=

Charges include burglary of vehicle and DWI.

Raygb
Raygb

Get it over with... hang him!
I’m surprised the beer garden didn’t offer him a beer! Here..use this to wash to blood off your face!

Luscious775
Luscious775

Wtf? Who in there right mind do such a thing very tragic and gruesome poor man may he be comforted by Jesus.

ShadowGryphon
ShadowGryphon

What I want to know is when DUI's will be treated as a capital crime.
Caught driving intoxicated but didn't kill someone: lengthy prison sentence
Driving intoxicated and hurt someone without a fatality: Life in prison
Driving intoxicated and kill someone: lethal injection

Woobie46
Woobie46

I have to wonder if this guy was here illegally. WAY too many drunk drivers are aliens. Just another reason to get them the HELL OUT OF THE USA!


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