A judge Wednesday set bail at $6 million for a man facing murder and other charges for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and triggering a fiery weekend crash in South Los Angeles that killed two young children and their father.
Superior Court Judge Teresa Sullivan ordered Jose Manuel Garcia, 30, of Los Angeles to return to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse on May 30 for arraignment on three felony counts each of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, along with one felony count each of driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offense and driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury within 10 years of another DUI.
Garcia was allegedly intoxicated when he ran a red light last Saturday at the intersection of South Hoover and West 76th streets and struck a minivan carrying a family of five. The minivan burst into flames, and Juan Reynoso, 34, and two of his children, 5-month-old Sebastian and 6-year-old Emma, died at the scene.
Two other family members survived the crash, including a 9-year-old child who suffered major injuries.
Garcia, who was arrested Saturday night by investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division, could face up to 82 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.