A family of five is now four after the father of the house was killed in a crash in the outskirts of far west Glendale.
The Glendale Police Department identified the driver whose stopped vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle last Wednesday as David Garcia, 38.
Maria Porada, a cousin of Mr. Garcia’s wife, told the Daily News-Sun that Mr. Garcia and his family was in the process of moving between Glendale and El Mirage.
Police said Mr. Garcia was stopped at a traffic light south of the intersection of Northern Avenue and Dysart Road when another vehicle struck him from behind. Witnesses said the second vehicle was speeding and never stopped until it collided with Mr. Garcia’s vehicle and both ended up on the north side of the road.
Mr. Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver is being investigated for speed and impairment. However, Glendale police have not made any arrests and are not identifying the other driver.
The intersection was closed about 8 hours while officials investigated and cleared the scene.
Children lose their father
“He was a good husband to my cousin,” Ms. Porada stated. “Maybe what you would call a soul mate if those exist, this was it.”
He leaves behind his wife, Sarah Garcia, and three children. Their youngest son, David Jr., turned 3 at the beginning of the month.
Mr. Garcia had officially adopted Ms. Garcia’s eldest son earlier this year.
A GoFundMe was set up for Mr. Garcia’s funeral expenses at http://bit.ly/gfmdavgar (edited by the Daily News-Sun for brevity). It has raised more than $3,200 of its $10,000 goal as of Friday afternoon.
His wife commented on yourvalley.net, saying she will make sure their kids always remember him as an amazing father and husband.
“My husband was the kind of man what would give the last $5 in his pocket to a homeless man and say, ‘He needs that more then I do,’” Ms. Garcia stated on the GoFundMe page. “He was the kind of man that would move into a 400 (square-foot) travel trailer because it’s his wife’s crazy dream.
“He the kind of man that if he loved you, you knew it. He was so selfless and amazing, and to think of a world where a human as amazing as my husband doesn’t exist anymore is simply tragic.”