Hearing in chase death delayed

first_imgHe was fleeing from Whittier police on Nov. 25, when his pickup truck entered Bloomfield and Florence avenues in unincorporated Whittier and slammed into the driver’s side of a Honda Accord carrying 20-year-old Rosanna Garcia. Court records identified her as Rosanne Garcia. Garcia later died of her injuries at St. Francis Medical Center. Brooker allegedly told investigators he was on parole and fled because he did not want to go back to jail. California Highway Patrol officers alleged Brooker was drunk and has a prior conviction for DUI. In the early hours of Nov. 25, Whittier officers responded to a call about a shooting in the parking lot of Se or Charlie’s Sports Bar and Grill in the 9800 block of Santa Fe Springs Road and saw the pickup driving off. Officers chased the truck as it went south on Santa Fe Springs Road, which becomes Bloomfield Avenue. Officers said the truck was speeding and went through several red lights before it slammed into Garcia’s car. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A preliminary hearing was continued Wednesday for an El Monte man accused of killing a South Whittier woman when his pickup truck crashed into her car during a police pursuit. William Brooker, 27, was ordered to return to Whittier Court on May 2. His defense attorneys asked that the hearing be continued because they had not received a report from the coroner’s office as of Wednesday. “We should be able to go forward with the preliminary hearing at the next date,” said Stephen Rodriguez Jr., one of Brooker’s lawyers. “It’s just a terrible tragedy for everyone involved.” Brooker has already pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, driving under the influence causing injury, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving with great bodily injury and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. last_img read more