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Funeral for twin sisters on Wednesday

DA awaits double intoxication manslaughter case

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Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 5:12 pm

Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said his office plays the waiting game after a person is arrested, because it takes about 30 to 60 days before his office receives a case file.

Bland said that timetable holds true for 36-year-old Midlander Angelica Garcia, who was arrested and charged on July 3 after she reportedly struck and killed twin 6-year-old Odessa girls.

Garcia was charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony.

“We don’t have that case yet, but our office has already been in contact with the police department about this case and discussed the steps they’ve taken and let them know we are available for any help they need, which is true for any case,” Bland said.

The accident happened at 9:04 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of East Highway 80 and Club Drive, an Odessa Police Department press release detailed.

Garcia was reportedly driving a gray 2014 Chrysler 200 east on the north service road of East Highway 80 near Club Drive. Garcia continued east through a barricade and struck the 6-year-old twin sisters, Mya and Mia Coy, who were standing near a firework stand before striking a large trailer.

Both children were transported to Medical Center Hospital and later pronounced dead by medical personnel, the press release stated. The funeral service for the twins is today. A memorial sprung up near the spot where the girls were killed.

Garcia was transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. She had two bonds totaling $70,000 and posted bail on the Fourth of July, jail records show.

Bland explained the district attorney’s office assisted in obtaining quick lab results.

“We helped facilitate a speedier lab test regarding the Blood Alcohol Content,” Bland said. “We asked for expedited testing on that.”

Over the past decade, the number of driving while intoxicated arrests have increased within Odessa city limits.

Odessa Police Department spokesperson Cpl. Steve LeSueur detailed in an email on Tuesday afternoon that driving while intoxicated arrests have increased in nine of the last 11 years.

Throughout 2018, OPD made 716 DWI arrests in 2018, which is the largest number during those 11 years. The first half numbers of 2019 show there have been 382 driving while intoxicated arrests.

“Overall, it’s been increasing, but we have been very proactive when it comes to making DWI arrests,” LeSueur said. “Our goal isn’t to make as many arrests as we can. Our goal is to save lives and prevent people from being seriously hurt.”

Driving while intoxicated arrests were 254 in 2008, 306 in 2009, 410 in 2010 and 340 in 2011. DWI numbers increased to 405 in 2012 to 462 in 2013 and 583 in 2014. Over the last four years, DWI arrests have tipped more than 660. There were 664 DWI arrest in 2015, 667 in 2016, 666 in 2017 and 716 in 2018.

The funeral for the twin girls is scheduled for Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

The GoFundMe page which was created on July 4 by Bo and Brandy Douthit, a previous Odessa American article detailed, and has raised more than $52,000 since it was established on the Fourth of July. More than 800 people donated to the GoFundMe page.

Bo Douthit has reportedly worked with Raul Coy, the father of the twin 6-year-old girls, at two different companies since 2006.

“I’m blessed and overwhelmed,” Brandy Douthit said during a phone interview. “There’s no sum of money that you could ever raise to replace the lives of those twin babies.

“I never knew it would get the response that it got. You can only hope there are other people that have hearts big enough to donate.”

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