Crime and Safety

A 38-year-old Garland man, who caused a deadly crash while fleeing police last year, has been sentenced to life behind bars

— DALLAS, Texas On Monday, officials revealed that a 38-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison for causing a fatal wreck while fleeing police in Garland last year.

According to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, a jury found Bobby Lee Murphy guilty of murder and handed him a life term in prison.

Last year, Murphy was avoiding a traffic stop in Garland when he collided with the vehicle of Karla Rico, 28, killing her and wounding her 10-year-old son. The family dog also perished in the collision.

According to officials, Rico’s son was left in a vegetative state.

The collision occurred on September 6, 2021 in Garland near the intersection of Shiloh Road and Northwest Highway, where an officer stopped Murphy.

Officials say that when the officer discovered evidence of drugs in the car, Murphy rushed away, ran a red light, drove into opposing traffic, and reached average speeds of 99 mph.

As he proceeded north on Garland Avenue, police lost him. A short time later, a second officer near the intersection of Garland and Miller Road witnessed Murphy run a red light and collide with Rico’s silver Toyota.

Murphy also collided with a stopped black Honda CRV at a red signal.

Rico was pronounced dead at the spot, and her kid was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Murphy was accused with murder and escaping arrest while inflicting great bodily harm. The case marked the debut of the district attorney’s office’s newly established motor crimes unit.

District Attorney John Creuzot stated, “We are sending a message that our office treats vehicular offenses as seriously as other violent crimes.” “Vehicle fatalities pose a significant threat to the safety of individuals in Dallas County, and it is imperative that we do all possible to alter the habits of those at risk of committing these types of crimes.”

Andrew James, the prosecutor, stated that Murphy’s “selfish decisions led to the ultimate catastrophe for Karla Rico and her family.”

The vehicular crimes unit investigates major motor offenses, such as vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

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