A Humboldt man charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a Saturday accident that killed a Jackson teenager is being held without bond following an arraignment this morning in Jackson City Court. A preliminary hearing will be held Sept. 7 for Luis Oscar Garcia, 24, who was allegedly driving under the influence and without a license in a wreck that killed 18-year-old James F. Rogers Jr. of Jackson about 2 a.m. Saturday, according to a police report. Garcia, who is from Mexico, used an interpreter at the arraignment this morning. He said he has been in the United States for three years working as a carpenter. He said he does not have a green card. No court-appointed lawyer was assigned today, although the judge said court authorities will look into Garcia's economic status. According to the police report, Garcia was speeding north on the U.S. 45 Bypass in a 1995 Chevrolet S10 pickup when he went through a red light at the Oil Well Road intersection, colliding with a 1995 Honda Civic driven by Rogers. Rogers, a 2006 graduate of North Side, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Rogers' obituary, he was planning to attend Jackson State this fall.Graveside services for Rogers are at 3 p.m. this afternoon at Highland Memorial Gardens. Family members have asked for any memorial donations to go to the Jackson-Madison County Humane Society.
Originally published August 28, 2006Source: Jackson Sun
Humboldt man charged with vehicular homicide, DUI - August 29, 2006By PETE
A Humboldt man was ordered held without bond Monday on charges of vehicular homicide and DUI. The charges arise from the Saturday morning crash that killed 18-year-old James F. Rogers Jr. in North Jackson. Luis Oscar Garcia, a 24-year-old native of Mexico, told City Court Judge Blake Anderson through an interpreter that he had been living in the United States three years. Garcia said he did not have a green card. A request was made to the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in New Orleans to see if Garcia were here under other legal means such as a work visa. As of late Monday, there was no reply. There was no plea entered during Garcia's arraignment Monday, and Anderson said the court would take the period between hearings to determine whether Garcia will need a court-appointed attorney. A preliminary hearing will be held Sept. 7. According to a police report, Garcia's 1995 Chevy S-10 pickup ran a red light while traveling north on the U.S. 45 Bypass at Oil Well Road about 2 a.m. Saturday. He slammed into the '95 Honda Civic that the 18-year-old Rogers was driving westbound on Oil Well.Police charge that Garcia had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and that his pants were soaked with a liquid that indicated the presence of alcohol. There also were two beer bottles, one partially filled, in the truck at the time of the accident, police said. In addition to the vehicular homicide and DUI charges, Garcia faces counts of driving without a license, registration or proof of insurance. When police did a check on his license plate, it did not come back under his name, the report said.