Drunk driver sentenced after St. Louis man knocked off bridge, dies

Drunk driver sentenced after St. Louis man knocked off bridge, dies

Drunk driver sentenced after St. Louis man knocked off bridge, dies

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Associated Press

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM

BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to the maximum punishment of 14 years in prison for driving drunk and killing a St. Louis man who was struck by a vehicle and knocked off a Mississippi River bridge.

A St. Clair County judge sentenced Brandon Garcia of Florissant, Mo., on Friday on charges of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. The judge also ordered Garcia to simultaneously serve a 10-year sentence on a DUI count related to injuries he caused to another pedestrian.

Authorities say Garcia was fleeing from police in September 2011 when he hit 26-year-old Daunte Simmons and another pedestrian as the two walked on the Poplar Street Bridge. Simmons fell to the land below.

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