Hispanic Man Involved in Traffic Death of Saucier Husband and Wife Had Numerous Traffic Citations
by Keith Burton Filed 6/25/07
A Hispanic man arrested for leaving the scene of an accident in connection to Sunday's tragic traffic accident that killed a Saucier couple received numerous citations by authorities.
GCN has also confirmed that the man had been stopped earlier in June for a DUI.
According to records online with the Harrison County Sheriff Department, Raymundo Rojas Garcia, 27, who lists a Vancleave address as his residence, received more than a felony citation for leaving the scene of an accident that killed Wayne Hughes, 45, and wife Michelle Hughes, 48 of Saucier. The Hughes were enjoying a ride on their motorcycle on U.S. 49 when Garcia's pickup reportedly pulled out in front of the couple.
Garcia was arrested nearly a block away from the accident after a witness saw him jump from his pickup truck with a small child and another individual.
Records show that charges from the Sunday, May 24th accident include:
Garcia is also under arrest at the Harrison County jail with a citation for felony leaving the scene of an accident. His bond has been set at $50,000.
But there is more to Garcia's record on file with the Sheriff Department. According to the county's records, Garcia was arrested for 1st Offense DUI on June 17, by Gulfport Police. Records show that Raymundo Rojas Garcia was charged with:
The records only indicate that Garcia was fined.
In the accident Sunday, Witnesses say that Garcia's red Chevrolet pickup pulled out in front of the Saucier couple's Suzuki motorcycle that was headed north on 49. A witness reported that Garcia then jumped from of his truck and ran off with his passenger and a child before Police arrived. Authorities captured him minutes later about a block from the accident scene.
The couple's son saw the entire accident as he was driving in a vehicle behind his parents' motorcycle. The son provided an eyewitness account to authorities. A witness to the accident said Wayne Hughes tried to avoid hitting Garcia's pickup but didn't have time to get out of the way.
It is not known at this time if Garcia is an illegal immigrant. GCN contacted the Gulfport Police Department regarding Garcia's immigration status, but officials would not comment on the case.