Man Pleads Guilty to Fatal Hit-and-Run

By: Dan Rubin - Thu, 10 May 2012 15:58:12 -0800

SANTA ROSA (BCN) -- A Santa Rosa man pleaded guilty this morning in Sonoma County Superior Court to hit-and-run and other charges stemming from the death of a  4-year-old boy he struck and killed in a crosswalk in August.
Marcos Lopez-Garcia, 23, pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run  causing injury or death, and to misdemeanor charges of gross vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and driving without a license.
Garcia faces five and a half years in prison when he is sentenced on June 29.
"He wanted to resolve the case because he feels bad for the family. He has cousins who are that age," Rubenstein said.
The 4-year-old, Christopher "Buddy" Rowe, was struck by Garcia's car in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of West Ninth Street and Rockwell Place in west Santa Rosa.
He was walking with his mother, Michelle Rowe, 45, his twin sister and a 6-year-old sister.
Santa Rosa police said Garcia fled the scene of the collision.

A nearby resident was listening to a police scanner and heard the call.

He saw Lopez-Garcia get into a car and provided that vehicle's information to police, which helped investigators apprehend him.
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