Women sentenced to prison in fatal wrong-way crash in Vegas

February 23, 2021 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 21-year-old woman faces 5 to 15 years in prison after being sentenced in a 2020 fatal wrong-way crash in Las Vegas.

Ciera Brawer was sentenced Monday by Senior District Judge James Bixler after previously pleading guilty to DUI resulting in death for the 2020 crash that killed 45-year-old Christopher Garcia, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Brawer had told police she was driving drunk and she said in court she “will never rest easy” and was “truly sorry.”


The crash occurred on the airport connector as Garcia was headed to pick up his brother for a family reunion the morning of Jan. 17, 2020.

His widow, Maribel Garcia, said she lost her soul mate and that her husband never missed an opportunity to say he loved her. “He was loving, caring, always kept me smiling.”

Bixler said it didn’t make any difference what sentence he imposed because of the scope of the tragedy for all involved.

”The victim’s family especially, especially has a lifetime ahead of them of mourning,” Bixler said.