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Man Pleas Guilty to 2011 Sharon Crash Fatality

One week after backing out of an agreement to resolve his charges, a Sharon man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to two charges from his role in a 2011 collision that killed one person and seriously another.

Carlos Garcia, 20, pleaded guilty to DUI (fatality) and DUI (serious injury), in Windsor Superior Court, Deputy Windsor County State’s Attorney David Cahill said.

As part of a deal with prosecutors, Garcia’s potential sentence is limited to 15 years, Cahill said.

Garcia will be sentenced at a later date. He has been in prison since his arrest.

According to court documents, on Oct. 13, 2011, Garcia’s blood-alcohol level was allegedly nearly three times the legal limit when he swerved into the opposite lane on Route 14 in Sharon, slamming into a vehicle driven by San Antonio judge Karen Crouch. Crouch suffered non-life threatening injuries, but her sister-in-law, Zyra Flores, 53, died after she was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Police say that Garcia was driving more than 15 mph over the speed limit and had repeatedly swerved into the southbound lane before colliding with Crouch’s Nissan Altima in front of the Sharon Fire Department.