Driver Charged in Alleged DUI Crash That Killed Biker in Fullerton

Driver Charged in Alleged DUI Crash That Killed Biker in Fullerton
The intersection of West Orangethorpe Avenue and South Gilbert Street in Fullerton, Calif., in December 2023. (Google Maps / Screenshot via California Insider)
City News Service
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A 44-year-old Fullerton man was charged June 14 in an alleged alcohol-fueled crash that killed a motorcyclist.

The collision occurred about 9:45 p.m. June 12 at West Orangethorpe Avenue and South Gilbert Street in Fullerton, according to Kristy Wells, a spokeswoman for the Fullerton Police Department.

Francisco Garcia-Vargas, 44, was behind the wheel of a 1999 BMW 323i when he rear-ended the motorcyclist, who was idling at a red light on Orangethorpe in an eastbound lane, Ms. Wells said.

The motorcyclist was identified as Alexander Marce, 28, of Anaheim.

Prosecutors alleged the defendant ran a red light at a speed exceeding 100 mph, with a blood-alcohol content at nearly three times the legal limit.

Mr. Garcia-Vargas kept going with the motorcycle wedged under the vehicle, Ms. Wells said. The motorcyclist was thrown into the air.

Witnesses trailed the BMW and held the driver at the scene until police arrived, Ms. Wells said.

Mr. Garcia-Vargas was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, and driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit of 0.08%, all felonies.

He also faces sentencing enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury on the victim.

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