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Primitino Garcia, 53, will be at the Gale Schenone Hall of Justice in Pleasanton.

Primitino Garcia, 53, of Livermore Photo provided by Alameda County Sheriff's Office
Primitino Garcia, 53, of Livermore Photo provided by Alameda County Sheriff's Office
A Livermore man involved in a fatal collision on I-580 on Dec. 12 will appear in court this morning in Pleasanton.

Primitino Garcia, 53, will be at the Gale Schenone Hall of Justice at 9 a.m. for an arraignment, according to court records. Garcia was arrested several hours after the fiery collision on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

[Related article: UPDATE: Driver Involved in Fatal I-580 Collision Arrested on Suspicion of Drunken Driving]

Livermore resident Reed Whittaker, 29, was killed in the collision after his Jeep Cherokee was struck from behind by Garcia's Hummer. According to CHP, the Jeep burst into flames that spread to the Hummer. Garcia and his passenger, a man in his 20s, were able to escape the collision wreckage with minor injuries. 

The collision shut down both directions of the I-580 in Livermore for several hours.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Creel, Garcia was arrested after he was treated at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. 

[Related article: Driver Killed in Fiery I-580 Collision Identified]

Garcia has been free on $125,000 bond after being booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, according to court records. Meanwhile, those who knew Whittaker, who was an EMT and a supervisor for Royal Ambulance in San Leandro, have been mourning the loss of the 29-year-old described as "dedicated" and "likable."

[Related article: 
EMT Killed in I-580 Collision Remembered as 'Dedicated and Likable']

memorial fund has been established for Whittaker's family. 

Related articles: Bay City News contributed to this report.
in significant January 06, 2014 at 11:25 PM
Agreed. That EMT contributed to society unlike this fat piece of garbage.
Serene January 07, 2014 at 06:36 AM
Is there an update as to what Garcia's sentence was yesterday? in significant, You're spot-on, the EMT, Reed Whittaker contributed to society in a very positive way. It is so sad he was killed by a selfish drunk. Please people, if you drink....do NOT drive.
Autumn Johnson January 07, 2014 at 08:26 AM
@Serene: We will post an update as soon as we have all of the info. Yesterday's appearance was only an arraignment. If it goes to a trial, it will likely take months. A conviction/sentence would not be handed down after that.
Serene January 07, 2014 at 09:12 AM
Thank you, Autumn! Have a fabulous day.
Matt Ledezma January 22, 2014 at 08:17 AM
@Serene.... Sorry Serene, but the harshest sentence wont be much being that Garcia was in fact not drunk or drinking that morning for that matter. It was a terrible accident, and that's just what it was, an ACCIDENT. Yes he messed up big time, and has nothing but remorse for what he did but the fact of the matter is that alcohol played no role in this incident. See what the "news" does is report the initial report and then the final outcome. It does not report the facts that pop up after the fact until the very end. Im sorry but some of you patch readers are just too quick to wish horrible things on people you don't even know. Mr. Garcia is a good man and a loving father and would take it back if he could. Serene, one day you might make a mistake that was a complete accident and people will do the same thing and wish a harsh punishment and wish you to Hell when they don't even know you. Why? Because of the way the news and media can portray people in a bad light.


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