DUI arrest after deadly I-580 wreck in Livermore

Kurtis Alexander and Henry K. Lee
Updated 10:51 pm, Thursday, December 12, 2013

 

A motorist who rear-ended and killed another driver on Interstate 580 in Livermore on Thursday was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter, authorities said.

The collision happened shortly after 10 a.m., when Primitivo Garcia, 53, of Livermore failed to slow his Hummer for traffic and rear-ended a Jeep, causing the Jeep to burst into flames in the westbound lanes near North Livermore Avenue, said CHP Officer Steve Creel.

The driver of the Jeep, Reed Whittaker, 29, of Livermore, died. Garcia was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving causing injury or death and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. He was being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $125,000 bail.

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