Woman charged in collision with motorcycle

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Claudia Garcia By Jennifer Thomas Claudia Garcia By Jennifer Thomas

GILBERT, Ariz. – A 28-year-old woman is facing aggravated assault charges stemming from a collision that left a motorcyclist and his teenage daughter with serious injuries.

On July 16, Claudia Garcia was driving north on Recker Road at Ranch Road and rear-ended a motorcycle ridden by a 44-year-old Gilbert man and his 14-year-old daughter, according to Sgt. Bill Balafas with the Gilbert Police Department.

The victims both sustained serious injuries, including broken and fractures bones, some internal organ injuries and road rash.  

Garcia fled the scene and drove into a nearby neighborhood. She reportedly abandoned the vehicle and called her brother to pick her up.

Balafas said a Gilbert police officer found Garcia riding in the passenger seat of her brother's car. She reportedly showed signs of impairment and had an odor of alcohol on her breath.

Garcia was taken to a hospital for the injuries she sustained in the collision. Balafas said she had obvious signs of injuries to her face and arms from the air bag deployment.

Garcia was released from the hospital and taken to the Gilbert Police Station for processing. She was released pending laboratory results. Officers obtained blood samples from Garcia which showed a blood alcohol limit in excess of the legal limit.

Balafas said Garcia made no attempt to return to the scene of the collision nor did she call police to report that she was involved in a collision. 

Garcia was arrested Thursday and booked into jail for two counts of aggravated assault and leaving the scene of a collision.