EL PASO, Texas – A man who allegedly left the scene of a deadly hit and run on New Year’s Day was identified as an El Paso Police Officer.
Roberto Garcia was arrested on suspicion of accident involving death and tampering with evidence. He was relieved of duty on Wednesday according to a spokesperson with EPPD.
Eduardo Vasquez, 37, was stuck and killed along I-10 near Vinton around 9:30 a.m. New Year’s Day. EPCSO Traffic Investigators were called to the scene and determined that Vasquez had been hit by an unknown vehicle that left the scene.
Investigators eventually traced the accident back to Garcia.
Evidence collected at the scene allowed investigators to determine a red Hyundai Elantra was involved, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. Investigators say using information from the public, they were able to locate a vehicle matching the description at a local body shop.
Sheriff investigators said Garcia left the scene and tried to impair evidence related to the crash.
He has been booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility on bonds totaling $75,000.
Garcia was stationed at Westside Regional Command Center prior to being relieved of duty.