EPPD police officer accused of killing pedestrian in New Year's Day hit-and-run

    Roberto Garcia was arrested in the hit-and-run crash that killed a man in Vinton on New Year's Day.

    A man accused of killing a man with his vehicle was a police officer when the hit-and-run happened on New Year's Day.

    Roberto Garcia was a police officer for the El Paso Police Department when he struck Eduardo Vasquez with his vehicle on Jan. 1, according to a spokesperson with the department.

    The spokesperson said he was an officer with the Westside Regional Command Center but has been relieved of duty.

    Garcia was arrested Wednesday in connection to the death of the 37-year-old.

    Garcia was driving a Hyundai Elantra on Interstate 10 in Vinton when he struck Vasquez, who was walking on the shoulder, and then drove off, according to Christina Acosta, spokeswoman with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

    She said investigators used help from the public to find Garcia and the vehicle, which was found at a local body shop.

    Garcia was arrested nearly eight months after the deadly incident. He was charged with accident involving death and for tampering with evidence related to the crash.

    KFOX14 spoke to Vasquez’s family after the accident.

    His niece Pryscilla Miranda said he was a fun-loving person.

    "When I think of Eddie, I just think of a wonderful soul that was taken from us way too soon," she said.

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