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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Monday May 30th, 2022 :: 02:14 p.m. PDT


Seven-Year-Old Child Dies at the Colorado River After Being Struck by a Boater Under the Influence

DATE/TIME: May 29, 2022 / 5:16 p.m.

INCIDENT: Fatal Boat Collision

LOCATION: Colorado River near Buckskin State Park

SUSPECT(S): Arthur Garcia, 37-years-old, Resident of Indio

VICTIM(S): 7-year-old Female Juvenile

SUMMARY: On May 29, 2022, boat patrol deputies responded to the report of an unknown injury boat collision near Buckskin State Park on the Colorado River.  A seven-year-old juvenile was swimming in the water near the shoreline when a boat struck the juvenile. Despite life saving measures, the juvenile was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Through investigation, deputies found Arthur Garcia to be operating the vessel in a reckless and negligent manner while under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. Garcia was subsequently arrested for H&N655(f).  

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Bryant Moore or Deputy Brian Weck of the Colorado River Station at (760)326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to use the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME(27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at

Refer: Deputy Bryant Moore or Deputy Brian Weck

Station: Colorado River Station

Phone No. (760)326-9200

Case No. 252200034

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
1111 Bailey Ave
Needles, CA 92363

Emergency: 9-1-1

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