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AFFIDAVIT: Speeding, alcohol involved in death of UCCS student

COLORADO SPRINGS - In an affidavit obtained by KRDO NewsChannel 13 Thursday, it revealed some of the details surrounding the death of a University of Colorado Colorado Springs student. 

Zachary Scott Schlagel was hit and killed by a vehicle at the intersection of Austin Bluffs Parkway and Stanton Street in Colorado Springs on October 29 at around 12:32 a.m. 

About an hour and a half later, Colorado Springs police responded to a disturbance at 140 W. Rockrimmon Boulevard. When they arrived, they spoke with a woman who claimed she was in the Ford Bronco with Vincent Fernando Garcia when they hit someone crossing the street at Austin Bluffs and Stanton. 

She said that Garcia had been drinking and was involved in a fight just prior to picking her up. She added that Garcia was going well over the speed limit and the light was red when Garcia sped through the intersection, hitting Schlagel. The woman told police she tried to get him to stop, but Garcia wouldn't listen. 

The two ended up back at his home off Rockrimmon. According to the affidavit, Garcia and his mother got into a fight. That's when police were called about the disturbance. Garcia had apparently run when officers pulled up to the home. 

Two days later, Vincent Fernando Garcia turned himself in. 

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Officers also located a Bronco with frontend damage consistent with hitting a person. Parts of the grill and left headlamp were damaged and appeared to be the same material and color as the debris at the scene where Schlagel was killed. 

Garcia is facing charges of vehicular homicide, accidents involving death or personal injuries, duty to report accidents, and reckless driving. 


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