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

Primitivo Garcia, 53, has been arrested for vehicular manslaughter and a felony DUI in the fiery multi-car collision that has closed most I-580 in Livermore since 10 a.m. this morning.

Primitno Garcia Photo provided by Alameda County Sheriff's Office
Primitno Garcia Photo provided by Alameda County Sheriff's Office
Update at 3:10 p.m.

The driver of the Hummer involved in the fatal collision on I-580 has been arrested, officials say.

Primitivo Garcia, 53, of Livermore was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicle manslaughter with gross negligence, according to CHP Officer Steve Creel.

Garcia has been booked in the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

Update at 2:35 p.m. by Bay City News—


The California Highway Patrol is looking into the possibility that alcohol was a factor in a fatal four-car crash on westbound Interstate Highway 580 near Livermore this morning, a CHP spokesman said.

The crash was reported at 10:04 a.m. just east of North Livermore Avenue. The incident initially blocked traffic on both sides of the highway and a Sig-alert was issued at 10:14 a.m., CHP Officer Steve Creel said.

As of 1:30 p.m., all eastbound lanes had been cleared but only two westbound lanes were open, according to Creel.

The crash appears to have occurred when a Hummer driven by a 53-year-old man struck a Jeep Cherokee from behind, Creel said.

Those two cars hit another two cars, and the Jeep burst into flames. The fire spread to the Hummer, but the driver and his passenger, a man in his 20s, were able to escape.

The pair was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley with what appeared to be minor injuries, Creel said.

Emergency crews were eventually able to approach the Jeep and determined there was at least one deceased person inside. Authorities have not yet released that person's identity.
  
Crews were searching for any other victims in the car, which was nearly destroyed in the crash, Creel said.

The CHP is investigating whether the driver of the Hummer was under the influence of alcohol, and Creel said he may be arrested.

Updated at 10:50 a.m.: 


The CHP website says lanes three and four for eastbound traffic have reopened, while all lanes of westbound remain closed. There is still no estimate when lanes one and two on the eastbound direction will reopen.

Original story:

A multi-car collision on I-580 in Livermore is causing major traffic delays in both directions, according to city officials. 

The California Highway Patrol has issued a SigAlert for the collision on westbound I-580 east of N. Livermore Avenue, which occurred just after 10 a.m. this morning. 

According to the CHP website, at least one of the cars is engulfed in flames. Fire and emergency crews are at the collision. There is no estimate for the reopening of the lanes at this time.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.
mike December 12, 2013 at 05:07 PM
2pm and westbound traffic still a parking lot, all the way up and over the Altamont Pass!
Michael Delfino December 12, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Wow, I really hope the presence of alcohol wasn't involved and it was just a tragic accident. Seriously, if you're drinking at 10am, get help.
Carly December 12, 2013 at 06:22 PM
figures that the DRUNK POS survives and the innocent doesn't.
Maurice Duenas December 12, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, not in the court of Carly or anyone else that makes such remarks.
Such Troll December 12, 2013 at 07:20 PM
He is guilty! Why else would he be arrested? Drinking at 10am, you loser. Poor family, much sad, Christmas time :(
Cin December 12, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Hey Maurice....I'm not in law enforcement, but I will tell you I know they don't arrest people for DUI unless there is probable cause. To the family of the deceased, my thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless
Chad Tripod December 12, 2013 at 08:02 PM
who's driving around drunk at 10am?
mike December 12, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Some people who work the night shift, stop off at the bar with a few co-workers , have a few and by 10 am are legally drunk.
Donna Dent Wise December 12, 2013 at 09:59 PM
My deepest sympathy to the family that lost a son,father, husband today, due to the irresponsible actions of a DUI driver who took an innocent persons life.Cin was right about law enforcement arresting the driver, they determined that he was drunk.If your going to drink, then don't drive.its that simple.
Maurice Duenas December 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Probable cause gets many people arrested. Guilty beyond a reasonable doubt is the legal challenge that must be met before you can call him a POS drunk driver. The police arrest many people who are never prosecuted or are found to be not guilty. So, wait for the trial, as you are not the judge and jury.
spicychicken25 December 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Thank you Maurice
Maria Dingoe December 13, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Does anyone know if the driver of the Hummer owns a Construction Company here in Livermore or Pleasanton ?
Michael Delfino December 13, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Maurice, while you are of course 100% correct as far as the legal challenge in court, the court of public opinion is a much different matter. Also, just because a court finds someone "not guilty" doesn't mean they didn't in all likelihood do it. Very rarely does a court declare someone "innocent".
Jow December 13, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Maurice, drunk or not, he is an IDIOT who killed someone. Grow up!
L Leonard December 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Okay folks, take a step back and wait for the facts. This web site is being irresponsible by not updating this story with the latest information and there is a lot of updates that aren't being reported. WHEN you see the charges dropped it will be because the facts came out and nothing more than that. It's very tragic, but the reporting is incomplete at best. I'm very sorry for the victim's family and I hope the CHP is updating you and you aren't relying on sites like this for your information. RIP to the poor young man who lost his life. :*(
Maria Dingoe December 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Thanx Kathy....excellent research.....looks like 2 families are involved in a horrendous tragedy......
L Leonard December 13, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Patch Editor: Not only are you not properly updating this story and creating a lynch mob mentality, you have allowed this man's home address to be posted and won't remove it despite it being flagged over and over. If you are going to allow his address to remain up there, update your damn story with the facts so that those that only know what you have reported (and not what you have failed to report) don't show up at his house as a result of it. I'm so sorry for the family of the lost young man, but I'm sure even you all wish for the facts to come out. You deserve nothing less. Demand answers from the authorities and pay no attention to local web sites like this that use stories to create drama and lots of visitors and only report what will accomplish this. I'm sorry your loved one is being used like this.
L Leonard December 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Ms. Montgomery: I am going to ask you to do the responsible thing (since Patch isn't) and delete the home address of the party involved in this. I do believe you will have regrets about posting it as responsible reporting takes place and all the facts come out. No one is saying this isn't a horrible tragedy and that the young man that died doesn't deserve justice, because he does, but there's a right way to go about this and posting someone's home address on a web site with very poor reporting on such a horrific tragedy is not the way to go about it. Please, give this a little time to settle out a bit. If at that time you still think people should be able to go pound on his family's front door, then so be it. But for now, I hope you will honor my request.
Desert Rat December 13, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Relax Leonard, a couple of remarks on a website venting about somebody who may have done something wrong isn't a lynch mob, most likely won't result in a huge crowd with pitch forks and torches marching over to anybody's home and anyone with a couple of brain cells and some Internet savvy can look up the same information and so much more.
livermoron December 14, 2013 at 12:21 AM
you people are hilarious....smh
Stephanie December 14, 2013 at 08:38 PM
First of all you guys don't even know the real information so please don't assume before you speak, second it's not like this man meant to cause the death of the young man, the suspect is such a nice caring person and he once gave a homeless man in LA 100$, and also if you drink the day before, the next day the alcohol still appears in your system. Know the full information first before you say anything. Thanks & also why do all reports say (suspicion) of drunk ? They don't confirm it because they arnt fully sure he was "drunk" at the time, who would be drunk at 10 am? Not much people, so don't assume okay thanks.
Desert Rat December 15, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Grow up Matt
Autumn Johnson (Editor) December 15, 2013 at 09:27 AM
If your comment has been deleted, repost it without violating the terms of use (found at the bottom of the page). @Matt: We are reporting the same information from the arrest provided by the booking charges and CHP. @LLeonard: there is no update yet except that Garcia made bail and we have removed the address but someone keeps reposting it and so we are removing it ever time we see it.
Jim December 15, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Matt. Get a life. Your obviously a looser. If you don't like the reporting get off the site. Quite trying to be a bully. Autumn reports what the police release. Nice job Autumn
livermoron December 15, 2013 at 02:39 PM
only losers dont know how to spell loser....
Kathy Montgomery December 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Maria asked this: "Does anyone know if the driver of the Hummer owns a Construction Company here in Livermore or Pleasanton ?" The address that was a "cut and paste" from the web, is the one Garcia shows as his business address, under the company name. It does not state it is his home address. It was easitly found by googling his name. All of this is easily accessible by the public, anyone with access to the web. Maria just asked a simple question, that anyone could have answered. Thousands of folks that do not read Patch have probably googled his name simply out of curiosity. But, nothing states that is his home address. Atleast not where I did the simple cut and paste.... In the end, it is a very tragic happening and my heart and prayers go out... Please do not drink and drive (or text and drive), and pay attention when you are driving so you are aware of traffic slowing in front of you to keep from rear end collisions like this one. At my daughter's school recently a CHP officer spoke to us parents and our soon-to-drive children about the perils behind the wheel, etc. The officer did an excellent job explaining what to do and what not to do....Be careful.
Cin December 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Well said Kathy....MOST of us on the website knew this was public information. Heck even in the "good 'ol days" a person could look up this information in the telephone book.
Autumn Johnson (Troll) December 17, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Jim, I am offended by your comment. Your inability to spell and form sentences is offensive. However, your comment will not be deleted because it has not violated the terms of use. Although, it does violate everything you failed to learn in school.
Such Troll December 17, 2013 at 08:32 PM
You are right Jim, Matt is such a looser. He's as loose as a goose. Just like your loose use of proof reading your comments or your loose attention to detail. a Troll is right though Jim, you did not violated the terms of the patch and in honor of a real "an hero" like Jim ( google "an hero" ) I will start misspelling and using HORRIBLE grammar. Thanks Jim :)
Autumn Johnson (Editor) January 06, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Driver Involved in Fatal I-580 Collision in Court http://livermore.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/driver-involved-in-fatal-i580-collision-in-court

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